Cyborg’s of the 22nd Century

Well, most of you probably didn’t watch these, but PBS is deciding on what there newest site show should be, they introduced 3 shows you can vote for to add to there line up. Anyway, all 3 were interesting, but 22nd century revealed some interesting things. I was unaware of many of the recent obstacles already passes. One funny example would be that over 10,000 people are already walking around with chips in there brain. The only purpose I know of is for hearing aids. A chip is implanted in there brains and linked to a device with software loaded unto it that is place into the recipients brain. The device’s firmware can be upgraded, but the chip is permanent and can no longer be touched.

Aside from that, technology is further then most people realize. A wire so small (thinner then your hair by fractions has successfully been crafted. What’s the purpose of this you ask? There’s many, but I’ll first give you a brief explanation on how its placed in a person. The wire is so thin that there’s no way to direct it, so what they do is send it in bunches through your blood stream, where’s it can even connect to your brain and wire around your body. This makes robotic arms/legs a idea not so far away. With a direct connection to your brain a robotic arm could easily simulate that of a real one. This also makes for limitless possibilities. With this same technology (including the unmentioned brain electrodes) you cold even control the impulses of the brain and create or diminish emotions, fears, love, etc… You could even link minds together, in the same way we link computers to one another.

Yes, it is just as dangerous as it sounds. This kind of technology could EASILY fall into the wrong hands and be used for more harm then good, by creating super soldiers manipulating people against there will, or even unknowingly read those thoughts most private to you. People like to see the good, without seeing the opposite end in most cases it seems. I do feel sorry for people that can’t hear or lost a limb, but I’m not sure thats justifies much, because the safety of the majority should outweigh it in my opinion.

Another side of the argument is: people would better understand one another being able to read each other’s thoughts emotions and truly place themselves in someone’s shoes. With that line cross, how do we determine our individuality and what is “you” and not “us”? No matter how you look at it, its truly a shaky concept. As mentioned in the show though, progress is constantly made and will come whether we like it or not. I just hope mankind is responsible enough to handles its choices. Then again… Its probably like giving a gun to a baby. Its funny how knowledge corrupts a being, that even though we’re the most capable species of making the complicated solutions on this planet we probably make the stupidest decisions with the most fragile choices.

Like I said earlier. I don’t doubt this technology could help people, but I question the extent. I did like another scientists solution. Instead of modifying the actual human he created devices to be controlled fully by a human with the same purposes. A fine example of this is his first invention, a pair of sun glasses. Extremely ordinary and kind of cool, not bulky spots, just normal. These glasses though can record what you’re seeing and even indemnify objects, for example it can be programmed to identify a human, so that when you look at the person it’ll display there name, sex, etc… whatever you want it to. It can also change what you see. Hate Mcdonads, wanna keep it out of your mind for the sake of that diet? Well, it can be programmed to change any McDonalds logo to a image of your choice. Sounds like science fiction? Well, its real and already here. This scientist too worries about the choices and possibles of “cyborgnetic” enchantments. His invent are more like “plug-ins” then modifications, which is a great alternative in my opinion.

I don’t see why they just can’t invent a glove that would say, shocks your impulses and run your adrenaline in result increasing your strength (I know this is flawed I’m obviously no scientist). I see this as a much better alternative then chopping off arms and making them robotic.

As mention in the program though, the future is never what you would expect. 70 years ago the concept of a laptop, ipod, blueberry would probably seem like magic. Best we can do watch it unfold and try to steer it in the best of our abilities.

You an see all 3 shows, including 22nd century at PBS.org or read more about 22nd century and watch clips here.

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