Essay about Cyborgs: a Twisted Double Standard

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It's difficult to imagine technology as an extension of our bodies, of ourselves. We use technology, we exercise all of a piece of a technology's resources, and then we dispose of it and replace it with a new, and frequently more advanced, technology. But if examined closely, it is evident that technology is not just a means of achieving desired results, but has become an integral and essential part of our lives. Shirts, heating, forks, laundry machines, all of these are technologies that we use to enhance ourselves and our lives. In books the term "cybernetics" is used to describe computer gadgets and electrical physical enhancements, like robotic arms. However, cybernetics is more encompassing than that, and includes anything we use…show more content…
Despite these advances, we do not become robots because we retain the most important human trait; intelligence. The ability to rationalize and make independent decisions not based on a set sequence of events and reactions is what keeps human. Still, it would appear that modern society has unknowingly accepted its fate of global cyborgization, yet the question that science fiction writers, such as Philip K. Dick in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, and William Gibson in Neuromancer, pose is if the opposite transition be accepted. We accept humans taking on robotic characteristics, but what would happen if there were robots taking on human characteristics?

Science fiction writers have generally answered this question with a negative forecast of the future. In Terminator 1, having been given artificial intelligence by their human creators, a super-computer named Skynet causes nuclear Armageddon, decimating the human population and forcing them into hiding and years of guerilla warfare. Skynet is a cyborg in its own right; a machine that has taken on human traits, in this case, free thought and the ability to make its own decisions which are not derived from programs, but instead are completely original ideas. The Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger's character, is a cyborg from the future that is sent back in time to kill the mother of the human rebellion's leader; John Connor. This robot

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