Wecome to the human network. Literally.

You're never alone with your little chip buddy around.

My recent post on the advanced, ahem, “partner simulator” Roxxxy asked the question of how we can be replaced or replicated by a robot. We’re all just a little curious about robots that could blend the lines between human and machine, let’s face it, but what about mechanizing a human being. This doesn’t need to be like a total systems overhaul, not anymore. Do you carry a Blackberry? How about an iTouch or iPhone? What about the new Droid by Google? If you have one of these you are already taking a step in the direction of mechanization or at least integration since you are carrying around a portal to the world of the net. However, let’s take one step further and say you get permanently connected with a microchip under your skin. According to a new poll, one fourth of Germans said they would not mind as long as it provided some kind of benefit.

I think  that human augmentation is a really exciting idea. Imagine swiping your hand and something being charged to your card or having a rescue team come straight to you in an emergency. Furthermore, imagine being kidnapped and being able to have the police find you before you come to any serious harm. It could even theoretically be used for people with diseases in order to monitor their health. There are a myriad of uses that this could have, including some that aren’t so positive such as having governments and businesses monitor where you are and such. The second someone puts a device they can access inside you, your liberties will take a hit. So what’s better? Do we take the potential benefits and accept there may be some drawbacks or is this getting to be a bit too much for some? Could there maybe be a middle ground?

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