Cyborgs


It was not very long ago that the use of the term Cyborg, transported us into the realms of science fiction, with the fear of humans that had been assimilated into half-human, half-machine beings that were devoid of compassion and individuality. These Cyborg were many but acted as one entity.

In fact, in today’s reality, it is not so much science fiction as science fact. If you take into consideration the amount of technology that is available, and the amount of technology that we need to live in today's society we are already assimilated, but not yet indistinguishable from technology. Yet!

If you think back a few decades, finding out information meant a visit to the library to trawl through reference books or microfiche in order to find out what is accessible at the touch of a button through the World Wide Web. Our smart phones and tablets allow us the opportunity to be connected to our family, friends, and colleagues and work in an instant. These pieces of technology are part of our everyday life and an extension of ourselves and our abilities. If you are not sure about this try an ordinary day without your cell phone, your tablet, I-Pad or any connection that allows you instantaneous access to information or contacts. Find any difficulty? Yes? You are already part Cyborg.

For some people however being Cyborg I not just about the extensive use of internet connections and instantaneous knowledge, the science fiction of the 'bionic man' is a reality. Initially the replacement of damaged and ageing hip joints was seen as being innovative and essential, tireless work by scientists has enabled people who have lost limbs to live a more enriched life to the use of embedded microchips not just to locate and identify lost pets but for use by humans to change the lighting in the home and also work other electrical equipment.

Replacement limbs are no longer just a mechanical strap on prosthesis, but a complex intelligent extension, that has been connected to muscle tissue and is capable of experiencing, heat, cold and pressure. It can be controlled in the same way that we normally control limbs through thought processed. Other major Cyborg progressions have included a specialised electronic eye which can actually convert colour into a musical scale. The other aspect of the Cyborg-netics is that use of equipment such as the cyborg arm and the electronic eye can be further enhanced by the brain as it continues to form new neural pathways to develop the use and perception to a higher level. This is very much the way that we learn new things, and they way that the brain can form new neural networks after injury if the right sort of input is presented.

The Cyborg of tomorrow is here today.

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