Which emerging technology will most redefine what it means to be human?

Neil HarbissonNeil Harbisson, who dons an electronic eye that enables him to hear color and is the world’s first government-recognized cyborg, has famously said, “I don’t feel that I’m using technology. I don’t feel that I’m wearing technology. I feel that I am technology.”

With each adoption of the latest technologies, humans change. Furthermore, as Neil demonstrates, how we see ourselves changes too.

For example, smartphones have enabled people to communicate and have access to information from anywhere. As a result, we’re no longer geodependent in the same way as in the past, and our brains are adapting in response.

Consider this interesting study in 2010 that revealed reliance on using GPS in areas that are familiar to drivers causes decreased function of the hippocampus, the part of the brain controlling spatial orientation and memory. Yet an online survey conducted by the Space Foundation indicated that GPS was the #1 technology people couldn’t live without.

So, for this inaugural discussion post, which technologies will change us and how we perceive ourselves most significantly?

Discuss in the comments…


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David J. Hill
David J. Hill
David started writing for Singularity Hub in 2011 and served as editor-in-chief of the site from 2014 to 2017 and SU vice president of faculty, content, and curriculum from 2017 to 2019. His interests cover digital education, publishing, and media, but he'll always be a chemist at heart.
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