A few useful definitions for starters:
ROBOT (noun) – a machine capable of carrying out a complex series of actions automatically, esp. one programmable by a computer.
Android (noun) – a robot with a human appearance.
Cyborg (noun) – a fictional or hypothetical person whose physical abilities are extended beyond normal human limitations by mechanical elements built into the body.
Now that we’re all on the same page … you should know that you are cyborg. Amber Case says so in this TedTalk, and I think I agree.
You haven’t been physically augmented with increased strength and speed and you haven’t been fitted with a high-tech robotic leg that is powered by your thoughts, like the guy in this article … but you’re still a cyborg.
1) Technology has evolved us and we are now a new form of homosapien, a “new species”.
2) Today’s technology is now an extension of the mental self … we have external brains with a thousand pounds of information in them. We can carry this info and more, without the burden of it getting bigger or heavier. Remember lugging those giant book bags in Middle School?
3) If we lose this information we actually do feel like a part of us is gone. How do you feel when you lose your cell phone?
4) We have literally shrunken time and space. A horse a buggy voyage across the U.S. would have taken a full generation to complete but a mere few hours via plane. We can immediately share with thousands via the internet, and by phone we can whisper in New York and be heard in California.
5) Instant access to almost anyone at any time means we can teleport a form of ourselves or teleport our friends/contacts to us.
6) This becomes addictive and more than just cultural … this stuff will actually affect humans by rewiring their brains and how they interact with the world
7) One downside is the loss of independence and self reflection with so many distractions. It’s important to turn off the computer, drop the phone and spend some quiet time to find oneself without distractions.
8) Amber believes that it’s still a net good as humans create technology and technology co-creates us, helping us connect and form bonds with other humans that were previously not possible.