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Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 01/11/2011

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By Ezra Klein

Apparently, we're all cyborgs now:

By Ezra Klein  | January 11, 2011; 12:30 PM ET
 
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The internet mapping did look very organic. I previously used the term "inorganic" in a lecture to describe the maps of failed region transit lines. When a system of connections is allowed to grow, expand, and connect by a result of want, use or necessity, then connections are seemingly organic.

When they are dictated and artificially introduced in a situation in which it is believed or projected they should flourish, they very often fail in an awkward fashion.

Posted by: RisingTideLiftsAllBoats | January 11, 2011 1:16 PM | Report abuse

People have been talking about how we are cyborgs now for a while. See, for example, Donna Haraway's famous "The Cyborg Manifesto" http://www.stanford.edu/dept/HPS/Haraway/CyborgManifesto.html

There are also plenty of other examples of people talking about us as Cyborgs. Like, Cyborg Citizen http://www.amazon.com/Cyborg-Citizen-Politics-Posthuman-Age/dp/0415919797

And if you are interested in the way that information networks make us cyborgs, check out the work of Bernard Stiegler, who seems to share some of this speaker's anxiety in his Taking Care of Youth and Generations.

Posted by: thescuspeaks | January 11, 2011 3:25 PM | Report abuse

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