05 November 2008
Cyborgs Part II
I am so intrigued by the topic of Cyborgs in our everyday lives and the most interesting comments I received on the first post dealing with this topic, I thought I would continue musing on this subject.
It is very interesting that Cybernetic Science deals not only with mathematics, technology, and biology, but also sociology and philosophy. So, dealing with a very strict definition of what is a cyborg, the questions of other artificial intelligence comes into play, such as the use of computers, cell phones, and other forms of new devices.
Using my previous examples of the unique individuals of the 1970's such as The Six Million Dollar Man and contrasting that with The Borg Collective, we can see very different ideas about the sociological and philosophical. The 70's presented us with these individuals who dealt with their bionic components in unique ways, but in that time we did not use computers and other devices as we do today. So we were more disconnected, unique in our struggles than we are today.
In the 80's, the dangers that people perceived can come with more technology manifested itself in the Borg, in my opinion. Computers were just beginning to reach the public but we were still not interconnected as we are today. Even though we are so connected today, we are still unique and going on line is not even close to joining the Borg Collective.
Now, we have so much technology, that as a wonderful commenter posted, we have as, in their words, "a symbiotic relationship with our technology."
So, as stated in another comment, our definitions cannot be so strict about cybernetics, because in science, new discoveries are made, our vocabulary changes as does our society and our definitions change and can remain fluid as our society changes and receives new technology.
I found a very interesting link to cyborg art and how influential and in our consciousness this topic is. The art is so interesting and addresses not only human cyborgs but also animal cyborgs. It is very detailed and creative art.
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