Posted by: corrinebuchanan | November 12, 2012

Are we disposable?

While reading the first six chapters of The Shallows; What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains, I was struck by Carr’s quote of McLuhan comparing human beings to “the sex organs of the machine world.” The determinist view that humans are meant to continue to create and grow more sophisticated tools and technology until humans are no longer need  is a terrifying thought.

Though this idea is extreme it isn’t unreasonable. From medicine to manufacturing, we are already seeing the role of the human decrease dramatically and the role of machine increase.  With this change comes a lot of opportunity. Below is a clip of Steve Mahan, a blind man who is given personal freedom and opportunity through the Google Self – Driving Car.

This technology is amazing, but does it come with a price? I can’t help but think it won’t be too long until we go from the self – driving car to this…

Okay maybe this is a little dramatic, but it doesn’t seem that far fetched anymore. Will we let it get to this point where technology surpasses humans and is viewed as the ultimate truth? What do you think our world will look like?

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