I prefer the term posthuman to cyborg. I think as the digital world we see today was emerging in the ’90s and early 00’s we misunderstood the effects of the relationship between ‘us’ and technology. Much of this misunderstanding was idealistic and hopeful – Haraway anticipated we would be cleansed of gender and bias for example. I enjoyed Muri’s interpretation – that we veered towards using technology as an imagined escape from the scatological and reproductive messiness of being human.
This encourages me to look for a more realistic relationship as seen through popular culture and blogs – while technology is not about to liberate us from the need to buy toilet paper anytime soon – we do seem on the brink of being liberated from the need to buy computers (phones and online storage are the way froward). Our use of the net will change the way we think, and relate to the world – we will be connected 24/7, cloud computing and real-time searches will take the integration with technology further. I think we will feel more cyborg as the human / digital interface becomes more transparent – as the gadgets we use to access information become smaller and less obviously intrusive (although ironically more literally intrusive – with implants and discrete accessories replacing the clunky laptop).
Once again Buddhist doctrine makes for an interesting parallel. Once we come across something with our senses, we experience either fear and aversion or desire and craving (kleshas). The readings so far have made me realise our approach to digital experience is no exception. The potential of being successfully posthuman is for me, finding the middle way.