A fragment on our new cyborg bodies


In “Googling the Cyborg,” sci-fi writer William Gibson points out that even though most of us don’t have computer chips in our heads or metallic robot arms, human beings have already integrated into a vast cybernetic organism:

Science fiction’s cyborg was a literal chimera of meat and machine. The world’s cyborg was an extended human nervous system: film, radio, broadcast television, and a shift in perception so profound that I believe we’ve yet to understand it. Watching television, we each became aspects of an electronic brain.

We’re already cyborgs, unions of human and machine. We just can’t see it, because our cultural mythology tells us that pushing buttons and staring at screens doesn’t count as “plugging in” in the same way that skull jacks and subcutaneous Bluetooth would.



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