Tuesday, December 15, 2009

We're already cyborgs!

I fully agree with Scott Adams:
Technically, you're already a cyborg. If you keep your cell phone with you most of the time, especially if the earpiece is in place, I think we can call that arrangement an exobrain. Don't protest that your cellphone isn't part of your body just because you can leave it in your other pants. If a cyborg can remove its digital eye and leave it on a shelf as a surveillance device, and I think we all agree that it can, then your cellphone qualifies as part of your body. In fact, one of the benefits of being a cyborg is that you can remove and upgrade parts easily. So don't give me that "It's not attached to me" argument. You're already a cyborg. Deal with it.
So, should I upgrade my current original iPhone component to an iPhone 3GS or a Motorola/Google Droid? I'm leaning towards a Droid right now, but could go either way.

By the way, why do the Droid advertisements evoke HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey? [spoiler warning] Yeah, he was smart and futuristic and cool, but HAL went paranoid and successfully killed four out of five Discovery crew members, and almost killed the fifth. Not the sort of associations I want for my smartphone/mobile computer.


Blogger Sarah said...

Yep, we are cyborgs. I totally agree.

9:31 AM, December 15, 2009  

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