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Charles L King
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04:29 PM on 12/30/2012
It's only a matter of time. We, no THEY, won't even notice. Take comfort that we'll be more integrated then. Vive la singularite!
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nyc cook
whatever happened to Gary Cooper?
04:20 PM on 12/30/2012
If becoming a race of cyborgs makes us more peaceful and rational then I'd say it's an advancement.
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02:39 PM on 12/30/2012
hmmm Do cyborgs eat?
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lilwheaton
Devil's Advocate
02:13 PM on 12/30/2012
I want a cool robot arm like bionic commando MAKE IT HAPPEN SCIENCE
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BannedInBoston
Everyone is entitled to my opinion.
03:19 PM on 12/30/2012
Actually, it has. They've developed prosthetic robot arms that can be directly controlled by the brain. I watched a demo of a woman who is completely paralyzed use one to pick up a can of soda and drink from it with a straw. It may be a few more years (and cost you $6 million) before you can get yours, though....
02:03 PM on 12/30/2012
I was reluctant to watch this for a few days, but am glad I did. Gaining even the slightest insight, or alternate perception always widen my view of the world and makes it that much larger.
01:17 PM on 12/30/2012
One quick example- Apple will replace 500,000 Foxconn workers who assemble iPhones and such, with robots in the next couple years. Companies don't need cyborgs, and robot technology is far more advanced. Cyborgs demand wages. Robots are slaves to their owner. End game isn't cyborgs, unless there's absolutely no way a robot can do the same job.

And for most of those jobs, it's entirely creative thinking, brainpower, writing etc - lots of this depends on computers (PowerPoint, CAD programs). But I'm not quite sure cyborg would apply. Now, with those Google Glasses or whatever, I suppose we're getting there. Once it comes down to contact lenses with a built-in computer display, and maybe a chip implanted in your brain so your thoughts can tell the computer what to do.. well, I could see things going in that direction.
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dbsherri
Remember what the Dormouse said
02:02 PM on 12/30/2012
Yes, but they multiply. They evolve. And BTW, they are called Cylons, not cyborgs.
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BannedInBoston
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03:22 PM on 12/30/2012
You make an excellent point. The roboticization and computerization of work is going to put a LOT of skilled workers out of work (ultimately most of them). We have absolutely no political, economic, or cultural system in place for dealing with this kind of thing and we'd better develop one -- fast!...
11:58 AM on 12/31/2012
Well we used to have an educational system, remember that thing that went away because of tax cuts, wars against superfluous BS and a few other big lies.
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commento
New Year, New Hopes
10:39 AM on 12/30/2012
The cute tot looks like a budding cyborg.
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millsrb3
06:33 AM on 12/30/2012
I must be a Cyborg as I am on my computer from morning to night.
12:03 PM on 12/30/2012
really! I have'nt seen u
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kerm53
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03:04 PM on 01/05/2013
teehee, neither have I...
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03:27 AM on 12/30/2012
You say "cyborg" like it's a bad thing.
02:22 AM on 12/30/2012
Seems like a big metaphor for the internet being an alternate universe/ world.
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novapsyche
liberal (adj.): free from bigotry
09:59 PM on 12/29/2012
From what I understood, even utilizing eyeglasses made one into a cyborg (one in a primitive fashion but one nonetheless). Further iterations of cyborg are just beginning.
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Trebor Notsgnivil
I'm about serving the poor. Watch out, rich!
12:22 PM on 12/30/2012
Or using a walking stick, or picking up anything in the environment and using it for something. Think "tools."
09:39 PM on 12/29/2012
I have always thought that the Borg in Star Trek may offer the best hint as to where we are headed, with mankind eventually choosing to become the Borg: A technology based hive mind mentality developing out of collective thought enabled by technologically advanced interconnectedness. Everything is assimilated, so they say, which is another way of saying everything is connected.

"We are the Borg. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated."

What they don't say is that you're going to like it. If not you, your children.
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roger stillick
02:42 PM on 12/30/2012
MVP= The Star Trek Borgs were evil and unbelievably ugly...
A peaceful, friendly, humble, well dressed Cyborg could be you...
and probably is by now... RS
caveiat= I may be a Buddhist Techno Historian... RS
05:15 PM on 12/30/2012
Haha. That's a cheery thought. Thanks. Regarding the Borg, their stated objection was to achieve perfection. They were great villains in Star Trek because they were so believable and predictive of trends in communication and a willingness of users to voluntarily forfeit privacy and self to be part of a larger mind collective.
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John Crane
08:21 PM on 12/29/2012
This is a rather ridiculous premise. Programmers work at computers day and night, and have done so for decades. They aren't cyborgs, and we have plenty of evidence to prove it. Then, we have people who, in the past have worked for as long as 16 hours a day, using a single tool: sewing machines, typewriters, mining equipment, farming equipment.
08:14 PM on 12/29/2012
Would a hip or knee replacement make one a cyborg?
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gkrtmozart
Anger is like a stone hurled into a hornets nest
01:58 AM on 01/06/2013
I was thinking that too; my father in laws kneesI; buddy up the street who has hips and knees. Then there's artificial implants of all sorts, from pacemakers to pumps. Mechanically, we're already there. Digitally, and with the idea of mind/machine interface becoming reality, I think there's always going to be unexpected consequences to leaps in technological 'progress'.
08:02 AM on 01/06/2013
Think of the judgement and experience those living 10 to 20 years longer bring to bear on any profession with the participants not focused on the pain of old age & infirmity. They say Architecture is an old man's profession - this will undoubtedly influence architecture mightily...
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08:03 PM on 12/29/2012
We are an intricate variable of evolution. Yet the human instinct, is God. We will always have an acute awareness and Love for others. That is a truth that also evolves.