Rise Of The Machines
When you hear the word Cyborg, most of us probably think of the Terminator, an unstoppable, hulking metal skeleton with an overlay of human skin bringing with it a reign of evil upon the world, or something similar, I’m just spitballing here. Cyborgs are a lot closer to us then we may think, you may even know one. Interestingly enough I am married to one!
A cyborg can be defined as a living organism who is in some way or another integrated with a machine. My husband has both a prosthetic eye and a stent in his heart. I’m stretching the definition of machine here a bit as there are no moving parts to his implants but they are still artificial bits and pieces inserted to make his body function. Work with me, I’m going somewhere with this.
If you know someone with a pacemaker or a hearing implant, they are a cyborg. Don’t let them near your computer, they could mate with it to produce a new race of super-machines that will destroy humanity, not to mention that would be pretty weird. I’m joking about that last bit of course…it wouldn’t be that weird (lol).
James Cameron probably wasn’t all that far off the mark when he brought to life the Terminator, a futuristic thriller about cyborgs taking over and destroying humanity. In our reality, domination might not be by an army of human-like machines sent from the future, more likely, machine-like humans living in the present, ignoring humanity. That train has already left the station and I don’t think even Arnie could stop it now.
Most of us are indelibly connected to technology and machines. I sat on the bus on the way home the other evening and observed my fellow passengers. Every single person on the bus was looking down, either at a phone or a tablet computer. Neck’s cranked, faces lit up by the dim glow of the backlight of their device.
Not one single person was looking out the window, not one. I too was on my phone, taking down notes, about everyone, on their phone. At least I was being productive! The peeks I did manage to sneak revealed most people were looking at social media, the facebooks, and twitters of the world. Others were watching YouTube or the like, I even saw one man playing a game, not a mindless time-waster like angry birds – a full on first-person shooter type commando game, I was somewhat impressed with his dedication. I was on the bus from the city, so most of those people had probably spent their day sitting in front of a computer. Five o’clock comes “ahh, time to throw off the shackles of the computer and get on the computer”.
Internet shopping, smart phones, smart homes, social media, cyber sexuality…the list goes on; we are integrating more an more with machines and technology, they may not be a part of our body but they might as well might be. We are increasingly relying on machines and technology to live our lives. Where will we end up? To quote the Terminator “Judgement Day is inevitable”.