We try to automatize everything in life. Unmanned planes, cars, smartphones and refrigerators…
But can we automatize humans? Can we automatize our emotions, our family or friends? I don’t think so.
We like to interact with the machines and to manage them remotely. We hear that the future is in the robotic technology. Can robots take place of humans? Where can they go if they can? Is there no limit to this?
“Cyborg Anthropology”, which examines the relationship between human and technology, is seeking answers to these questions. Classical anthropologists go to a country to examine the local dishes eaten, the clothes worn, the tools used, and the relationships developed. Cyborg anthropologists do all these researches by looking at the relationship between technology and the people.
Assume that there is a living creature in your pocket. It makes sounds and wants to draw attention. You must feed it every night. When you wake up, first thing you look at is that; smartphone.
What does this mean?
It means that people are now completely distant from one another. We use these tools to bring everything together and work. We are dependent on them. According to this concept, of course, all of us are “cyborgs”. We use them to make our own memory “external”. They are part of our hands and our body. The first people were drawing their paintings on the cave walls. Now we keep all our information in smart tools in our hands. We meet with what we’ve written to each other and with the information; we even meet with the person we will marry on the screen of these tools.
Because, now, all of us are cyborgs.
When you say robots, don’t think about only human look-a-like devices. Lots of things we use are robots that serve us. They are parts of our lives. We use smartphones to have power and make money. Even a farmer can upload his analysis of agricultural production and get the latest information from his phone. Isn’t that an artificial intelligence revolution?
We have automatized many things. Like processes.
But we still need human beings.
For example, to make love and have children.
Most importantly, to think.
Even if we make ourselves cyborgs, nothing can substitute for a human guidance and thinking.
- Murat Erdin was born on August 28, 1968, in that era of ‘68s breeze. He felt this breeze even in his cradle and he wanted his mother, Günsel Erdin, to turn on the TV. However, there was no TV in the house and TRT was established just 4 years ago. [...cont]