Cant get your eyes off of me!

For several reasons, I cant say too much about something that happened at work yesterday, but fine, after that, seeing this headline this morning, amused me totally.

http://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/cyborgs-at-work-employees-getting-implanted-with-microchips/ar-BBzhmBF?li=BBoPWjQ

In truth, the main thing that surprised me about this, was the location of the workplace, given that Scandinavia is supposedly one of the more laid back areas of the world, as a whole. If it had been the Far East, especially Japan, now that wouldnt have surprised me so much, but Sweden, seriously…wow! Equally, I suppose that might be a reason why so many workers there are so laid back about having it done!

I actually remember the fuss some years ago, when a Reading University professor, by the name of Kevin Warwick did the same thing to himself, though I believe (if I remember rightly, not checking Google) his was in his arm, not his hand, and at some point, he had it taken back out again, though knowing him, he might have done it again, on a more permanent basis, for all I now know.

I guess it will surprise no one if I say that yes, given the chance, I most definitely would have it done! I know, the article claims its making people into cyborgs, but lets face it, this is less than a pacemaker, or cochlear implant, by far! But fine, I guess some would see this as more sinister, as it allows ‘others’ to track you, but anyway…If it means not fumbling for my pass to get through the door at work, fine by me. I know, it could be more than that, but yes, all the same, I definitely would.

No, I wouldnt see it as the first step to full control over the workers, though I guess some trade unions would definitely see it that way, I suspect? But if the tracking range was limited enough, that it could follow you at work, but not in the outside world, as long as you’re doing no harm, does it matter? Of course, the fun yesterday would have been if someone could have been tracked outside of work, but anyway… Given that seemingly at the moment, this only works at very short distances from readers, you’d be fine!

I know, its a long way from being turned into a robot, but as a first step to cyborg life, count me in! No, I very much doubt I will be applying for a job in Sweden, at this building, sadly. Ah well…

Right, the video. I’ve sort of tweaked the blog title, to make it more apt, but this is still close enough!

What does the future hold?

Yes, I’m going to relate this to human robotisation and the like, but lets start by looking back, and not that far either.

If, 30 years ago, someone had told you that in 2010 we would have had an internet service like we have, that most people in the first world at least would have access to powerful computers, and that you would chat by messenger and forum to people you’ll never know other than through this internet world, you’d have laughed your head off.

And going back a little further, remember those telecommunication devices in Star Trek, and how futuristic they looked, well compare them to modern day mobile phones lol! Basic, arent they? I’m also old enough to remember the introduction of colour TV, and there only being 2 channels to choose from on the TV! Whereas nowadays…

Oh, and go on, say it, cyborgs living on Earth with humans wont happen for years? Think about it, its all about human body enhancement, so what does that make anyone with a cochlear ear implant, heart pacemaker unit, or even replacement knee and hip joints? Laser eye surgery as well technically, but that is a bit more tenuous I guess?

Logical assumption is that human enhancement isnt going to stand still, its going to move even further in the next 30-50 years, thats a fact. The other fact is that at my age, I probably wont see much of it!¬†Will humans actually be transformed into the mindless robots of MC fiction, probably not generally, but in the distant future (40 years or so minimum I guess?) I suspect that certain groups of prisoners may be ‘brainwashed’ into obedient service, even if robotising the body (especially internally) will prove a lot more complex. But I suspect ‘mental robots’ will certainly exist by 2050 or so.

One thing I am sure of, people will look back at our current computing capabilities, and wonder how we coped. Hey, I do that now thinking back to a computer I owned 10 years ago!