Have you ever wondered how healthy your relationship with social media channels is?
Have you ever – if you are a parent – worried about the time your kids spend connected with social media?
Have you ever developed cyber-friendships with people you never met nor talked to?
Have you ever heard of cyborg anthropology, and did you know that you are already a cyborg?
“I would like to tell you all that you are all actually cyborgs, but not the cyborgs that you think. You’re not RoboCop, and you’re not Terminator, but you’re cyborgs every time you look at a computer screen or use one of your cell phone devices. So what’s a good definition for cyborg?”
These are the introductory words of Anthropologist Amber Case, during TEDWomen 2010.
Contrary to many alarming reports on the dangerous effects of internet technology to our ability to connect and communicate with others, Amber brings a brighter perspective to the matter. She speaks from an angle that shows evolution – technological and human – as an advantage and not as a curse, reminding us that resisting evolution is not an option; if we still believe in Darwin’s conclusion: “It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.”
And it was Amber’s closing words which brought a smile on my face.
” The most successful technology gets out-of-the-way and helps us live our lives. And really, it ends up being more human than technology, because we’re co-creating each other all the time. And so this is the important point that I like to study: that things are beautiful, that it’s still a human connection — it’s just done in a different way. We’re just increasing our humanness and our ability to connect with each other, regardless of geography.
That’s why I wanted to share her ideas with you. If you said ‘yes’ to all my questions above, I trust you – cyborg – will enjoy watching this video. And I dedicate this post to all of you my cyber-blogger-friends; especially to the cabbage-aliens! You know who you are.