Many a sci-fi tale has explored the horrors of human-machine hybridity in a not-so-distant, alternative future. Often, we read these stories, gripped with terror -- but we also take comfort in knowing that these are just stories. For now anyway.
Would it be too early to say that future is already approaching? Perhaps not in literal form. We’re not sporting bionic body parts en masse just yet (although it would be pretty great to have a portable subway hand that turns into a grip claw you can attach to the ceiling and hang from during sardine rush hour. Someone invent this, please.)
But so many people – particularly the young’uns – have little recollection of a reality they have not split between real life and the digital world. They may not recognize it as such as it’s all they know, but when was the last time you went to a party or a concert or a big event where at least 25 per cent of the attendees weren’t actively recording, documenting, tweeting or posting about it instead of givingRead More »from Profile pic preoccupation: Plastic surgeons report uptick in facial procedures from people who want to look better in Facebook photos