Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Sci-fi Writers of the 20th Century Would Flip.

Scott Adams, the creator of the Dilbert comic strip, calls today's humans "cyborgs."

“If a cyborg can remove its digital eye and leave it on a shelf as a surveillance device, and I think we all agree that it can, then your cellphone qualifies as part of your body.” He sees the phone as an exobrain: “Your regular brain uses your exobrain to outsource part of its memory, and perform other functions, such as GPS navigation, or searching the internet. If you’re anything like me, your exobrain is with you 24-hours a day.” - via

Implications? I'm thinking many.

1 comment:

Halcyon said...

This reminds me of Plato (of course).

In Phaedrus, Socrates tells a story about the Egyptian scribe who invented writing (amongst other things). When he brought his invention before his master, the master rebuked him because writing would become a replacement for memory rather than an enhancement. In effect, it would take over a function of the brain.

All to say: Someone needs to inform Mr. Adams that he is a day late and a dollar short. Books have been our "exobrains" long before cellphones ever crawled out of the technological slime, son. 8^D