The Modern Cyborg (Part 1)

When many hear the word “Cyborg”, they think of something out of Terminator or RoboCop. Something far off in the future that is surely menacing, yet hardly a reality.

Yet the symbiosis between man and machine is well underway. And the ones who leverage this technology are able to scale themselves exponentially.

Let us paint a picture of the modern “Cyborg”.

They are well versed in the world of software and technology — analytics, API’s, perhaps some cybersecurity and lower level programming. They reuse code, leverage open source technologies, and may even have equity in a project under their development. Because of this, they earns a great living off their expertise. They needn’t be tied to one employer; they can work a day job and provide services on an as needed basis. There’s a reason software engineers are earning a very good living lately.

They can work from anywhere — their work isn’t tied to geographic location. All they needs is a laptop and an outlet, and they can earn a proper living. Meetings, calls, file sharing — all this is facilitated by modern software.

All their files are on the cloud. They can access these files from all of their mobile devices and laptops — even their books are on a kindle. They have no need for paper.

They can manage all of their assets from their mobile device. Bank transfers, investments, 401k — all managed through mobile applications, and highly liquid.

In this sense, they have great advantage when measuring the basics — earning a living, managing assets, general ownership tasks. What about other, more personal areas of their life?

They have a custom tailored data feed providing them information on a daily basis — art, financial news, politics — tailored to suit their exact wants and needs. They keeps track of their exercise and health — they knows their exact caloric needs to suit their fitness goals. They knows all the greatest restaurants in their area. They are a few clicks away -they don’t need to be a local. They can find book flights, get car rides, find lodging anywhere in the world. They know what their friends are doing at all times. They can share with them what they are doing in real time. They can seek out strangers. They can buy things and have them shipped to their doorstep. They can find events for any one of their numerous interests, all within their local city. They can peruse hundreds of potential dates in their area. All of this from their living room — all a few clicks away on a mobile application.

The array of choice provided is dizzying — all part of this ever increasingly efficient routing, exchange, storage, display, and usage of the worlds information. We were in the dark — now we are blinded by the light.

They can speak with people through their AirPods — they’re uninhibited. They offloads notes, ideas, writings, to do lists, all onto their notepad — also synched to all of their devices. They can write quickly — four times faster than what it would take to write with pen and paper. In this way, they’re offloading their brain’s “RAM” and storing the data on a hard drive located in the cloud.

They’re very literally offloading data from their own brain’s random access memory, onto a server off in a warehouse somewhere — and they can retrieve this data at a moment’s notice. This frees them up for more lofty thinking, more creativity -they are, again, uninhibited.

Free, pervasive, powerful, intelligent, knowledgable, uninhibited — and assailed by choice. These are the characteristics of the modern cyborg — and they are far more powerful than the commoner. Indeed, the luddite falls desperately behind in this quickly evolving world. They cannot compete — more so than ever before.

They can act at scale -they are omniscient. Many of these abilities are those fabled by the Greeks in their Mythology.

Yet — humanism still prevails. At the core of this powerful network is a person. And this system in place is not a one way system — these are feedback loops. The tools that vaunt this individual can quickly become those to ruin them. And they will — if they don’t carefully tailor them towards their greater interests.