The Cyborgs Are Coming! The Cyborgs Are Coming! And They Are Us

Time zones are theoretical. They are imaginary lines (usually dotted) drawn from the north to the south pole on most maps. If you cross over one of these spaces in our analog lives, your clock is supposed to reflect it by adding or subtracting an hour.

All of these theoretical lines intersect at the North Pole and Antarctica. Instead of having 24 time zones on the gigantic piece of frozen tundra at the southern-most point of the globe, mostly used by scientists and penguins, people decided Antarctica would have no official times zones.

We all live in Antarctica. Everything happens now in an interconnected world. During the Medieval period, it took a person of great intellect and imagination to think of other time zones; that it wasn’t noon all over the Earth. Now, it’s always noon, all the time, all day long, everywhere you go.

Why am I concerned with Antarctica now? Because we are all penguins and the sun is always beating down on us. Except, instead of sunlight, it’s the internet. It’s a shrunken world. It’s a system that no longer waits for people to have a hiatus from the web and this interconnection.

There is no more “offline.”
Snail mail is too slow, unless you are ordering shoes or something that only comes in atomic form.
Today, you don’t have to wait for the newspaper to publish your press release. Publish it yourself.
Ideas can go straight from your head to thousands of people in a matter of moments. It’s always noon, remember? It’s gotta be now.

A big question facing humanity in the next few decades: If we are constantly connected to our machinery, 24 hours a day, what separates us from the cyborgs?

A computer is connected to the internet all the time. So are humans.

Perhaps, cyborg-ness is our future. I leave that question to people much smarter than me.

For now, the whole world is in real time at our fingertips. And it’s begging for our input.

Look at the time. It’s noon already.


About Blog Boss

Jim MacKenzie and Sarah Giavedoni are the creators of the blogs Stuff Monsters Like, the Incredible Vanishing Paperweight, and more. When they are not blogging, they are devoted to managing the Asheville Blogger Society, watching movies, running a completely unrelated nonprofit, and making money at their paid employment.
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