Scott McLeod reposted the video about how the world is getting flat fast. If you haven’t seen it I advise taking the time. It took me awhile to remember the music. Excellent pun.
So are we part of a dying tribe? Or are we at the cusp of a new civilization? I watched two things recently that I think relate to this issue. The first was Terminator 3 where in the near future machines become aware of themselves and begin to take over the world. The video has interesting fact that soon a desktop computer will have more computing power than the entire human race. That is both incredible, and a bit scary.
The second thing I watched was the PBS show (I dont remember the title) on how close we are to making the brain our “phone”. How we already have deaf people with implants in their brain that allow them to “hear”. That we are working on “wiring” the spinal column (we just need smaller wires). Anyone who watches the people in the mall talking to themselves (both for medical reasons and if they have that little phone thing in their ear) know that we are approaching true collective conscience. Somewhere, right now, some graduate student is thinking about implanting a phone in his head.
And as we all know, this is coming fast. Cyborg alert.