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Are You a Competent Cyborg? 101

An anonymous reader writes "Beyond your smartphone screen lies an infinitely more interesting world, if only you could get past the myopic app view you're currently bound to. Glen Martin ponders the existential unease lying at the root of the Internet of Things: 'We're already cyborgs: biological matrices augmented by wirelessly connected silicon arrays of various configurations. The problem is that we're pretty clunky as cyborgs go. We rely on screens and mobile devices to extend our powers beyond the biological. That leads to everything from atrophying social skills as face-to-face interactions decline to fatal encounters with garbage trucks as we wander, texting and oblivious, into traffic. So, if we're going to be cyborgs, argues Breseman, let's be competent, sophisticated cyborgs. For one thing, it's now in our ability to upgrade beyond the screen. For another, being better cyborgs may make us — paradoxically — more human.'"
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Are You a Competent Cyborg?

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  • No. (Score:5, Informative)

    by NoKaOi ( 1415755 ) on Tuesday February 18, 2014 @04:53PM (#46279581)

    We rely on screens and mobile devices to extend our powers beyond the biological.

    Which is exactly why we're not cyborgs.

  • Re:No. (Score:4, Informative)

    by NoKaOi ( 1415755 ) on Tuesday February 18, 2014 @05:12PM (#46279751)

    Cyborg is a being with both human and mechanical parts; however that doesn't mean the mechanical parts need to be inside you.

    From the Oxford English Dictionary: cyborg /sbôrg/ noun. a fictional or hypothetical person whose physical abilities are extended beyond normal human limitations by mechanical elements built into the body.

    Merriam-Webster: a person whose body contains mechanical or electrical devices and whose abilities are greater than the abilities of normal humans.

    Dunno about you, but my phone, laptop, tv, etc do not fall under Oxford's built into my body nor Merriam-Webster's contained in my body.

  • by BenFenner ( 981342 ) on Tuesday February 18, 2014 @05:37PM (#46279957)
    Those who modded this poster as a troll have no clue what the poster is doing. They are pointing out that the headline of the article is a LEADING QUESTION, and pigeonholes the reader into a false scenario. The poster simply says they reject the premise that they are a cyborg at all.

    The beating your wife question is a classic example of a leading question. Hopefully the post will get modded properly? I'm sorry kruach aum, there are some fools modding today.

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