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You're already a cyborg


Sam Roggeveen


16 December 2009 17:01

Just when you think you're getting used to the pace of technological change, Google hits you with something new:

Those cartoons and cute accents sure are unthreatening, but let's think through what Google Goggles might actually mean. You notice there's no reference in the video to facial recognition, and Google has blocked that function in a nod to privacy concerns.

But it's hard to see how this technology can be held back, and Google Goggles or an equivalent might eventually be able to find you in the background of someone's tourist shots, or perhaps even a really old photo of you posted online by some guy you went to primary school with. Last (and perhaps I'm getting a little sci-fi here), could a future version of Google Goggles scan live video feeds?

The mind reels at the implications of all this, though it is certainly another important chapter in the collosal global growth of information. 

It is useful, at moments like this, to remember how far we've come. As Scott Adams says, you're already a cyborg:

Technically, you're already a cyborg. If you keep your cell phone with you most of the time, especially if the earpiece is in place, I think we can call that arrangement an exobrain. Don't protest that your cellphone isn't part of your body just because you can leave it in your other pants. If a cyborg can remove its digital eye and leave it on a shelf as a surveillance device, and I think we all agree that it can, then your cellphone qualifies as part of your body. In fact, one of the benefits of being a cyborg is that you can remove and upgrade parts easily. So don't give me that "It's not attached to me" argument. You're already a cyborg. Deal with it.