A Week of Being Cyborg Free

I bricked my phone. To anyone who does not know what that means, basically, my phone has taken on the equivalent usefulness of a brick. It is not fully dead, but I do have to wait a week or two for a new part to arrive. For context, I have had some sort of internet connected device for the past 6 years. I have trained myself in the art of being part machine, part human. My calendar was in my phone, my map, my music, even my ability to contact people (the purpose of a phone) has been cut. Some of these things are not terrible, although I have to admit, I am going to be missing being able to tune people out on the bus.  This, however, provides me with a less portable opportunity to see what a week will look like without my phone. I have become extremely reliant on my cell phone, whether it be for making sure I remember where I need to go and when, or making sure I can stay in touch.

Amber Case has an awesome TED talk about how “We are already Cyborgs” in that our computers are like prosthetic’s, they allow us to do great and amazing things and alter our reality. As such, they really do make our lives easier, however, living without them does not make our lives impossible, even if we have come to rely on them. For me, it does not help that I am currently preparing for job interviews and exams, and this is really not the time for my phone to die. However, I am here now, and so I might as well take advantage of it, to discuss a life with less technology in it, and how perspectives change when we lose our secondary brain. Technology is very much part of the existential problem. With transhumanists saying we could potentially put off death longer through technology, and with others saying technology can help us live our own lives better, it becomes imperative to examine how we live in a world where we are at a disadvantage to others and we can now know it. I do not have complex systems in place for scheduling etc. because my phone already did this role for me.

I hope to post a brief note once per day just going through the differences in my day. Nothing too fancy.

Here is the Amber Case TED talk:


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