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We Are All Cyborgs Now
Cyborg- an organism “to which exogenous components have been added for the purpose of adapting to a new environment”
Everything is a physical modification of self and there has always been a limit
We have a “second self” online that people interact with. You have to maintain that second self and present it as you already do in your day to day life
Technology gets adopted because people use it
Ambient intimacy- at anytime we can connect to anybody we want
Kids today are going to be super addicted to technology and will not have any down time or mental reflection
Humans and technology are co-creating each other and increasing our humanness by being able to connect with one another more
Big Mother is Watching You
Technology today is capturing data that used to be inaccessible and turning it into something knowable.
In the last decade, the tracking inclination has simultaneously coalesced and expanded through the organization of Quantified Self, a group defined by its interest in self-tracking and subsequent discoveries, with membership in the thousands that now spans the globe.
Basically in today's society, any and everything can be tracked by technology. Whether it be your sleep, steps, fitness routine, how long you're sitting for, women’s cycles, data about your baby and even your dog- it can all be done.
Companies all have different strategies. All of these strategies aim to keep users engaged, to further refine the hardware and software. The more active and consistent users, the more data, and the more they retain and attract active and consistent users, who generate even more data. And the more data, the more attractive the company becomes to potential investors and/or buyers
Companies claim it is not surveillance if you are voluntarily tracking yourself.
Up and coming companies like Spire promise to track respiration and focus while a company called ProGlove promises to "unlock a new level of control and business intelligence for production management," also means having proof of the exact muscles and means through which an employee injured themselves and whether a company is on the hook for treatment.
These companies are even invested in medical projects which would save people a trip to the doctors but the only worry again is the privacy issue. Nothing in technology is actually private in today’s society.
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For my story, I chose the movie Endless Love. It is my favorite movie of all time. Not only did I choose it because it is my favorite, I felt that it met this blog post requirement quite well due to all the ups, downs, and drama embedded in this movie. The shape influences the effectiveness of the story because it keeps the audience engaged. For example, the main characters Jane's boyfriend punched her father resulting in him getting a restraining order. Everybody expects love stories to have a happy ending. If there's no drama in between, no one is going to be interested in the plot. That is why instead of having one low point, there are two different occasions where multiple characters are struggling. It also helps to build the characters in the movie because you learn about them through their high and low points. It allows for the audience to connect with these characters.