We are all cyborgs now, permanently welded to our iPhones, Androids, ‘smart’ watches, fitness trackers, RFID chips, VR headsets, AR visors and other devices… Above all, these new technologies we use every day empower us with a choice: to be healthy or sick.
We are all cyborgs now; we may not all have implants, but so many of us are ‘augmented’ by the phones and smart devices we carry on us: they supplement our memories, they enable us to connect/ disconnect socially, they are tools of discovery and tools of recording, they give us near instant access to almost all of human knowledge since the dawn of Homo Sapien’s time on this Earth.
Today so many of us ‘see’ an augmented/ filtered world through the camera lenses of these devices as we perfectly photograph our lives for Instagram and Snapchat, rather than perfectly live our lives for the sake of living our perfect life.
I am a cyborg, and have considered myself such for a very long time; I have had artificial parts operating in my heart since 1978. I have lived as an augmented human for 41 years. This augmentation has kept me alive and sparked in me a love of innovation in healthcare — a desire so deep that I spent 5 years of my life blogging about this.
I wrote about and spoke to conferences about cyborgs in our health systems, but the reality is that, right now, cyborganisms are more a mere throwaway curiosity than a real, tangible opportunity for our health systems. This will change in time, in many years when we will have forgotten about pioneers like Neil and Moon.