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The Borg Queen!
18th January 2019
In my last blog I said our mobile phones were "making cyborgs of us all". I've been pondering this quite a lot since and wondered which bits of us, of our bodies, would be enhanced, which left much as is, and which discarded. I think it's quite likely that sooner, rather than later, we will have a means of direct access to the tech, perhaps not a port or socket in our forehead, or behind our ears, perhaps it'll be by some unseen means; maybe magnetic induction or microwaves or some as yet unknown or unthought of alternative.... actually, this latter is probably nearer the mark, and in 10 years time we'll all have forgotten today, when we hadn't even envisioned the whatever-it-is tech. that we will now use all the time, for everything. Frank Herbert's Melange comes to mind. The Spice of Arrakis, Dune, that allows us to warp space & time (and, if we're lucky, to ride giant sand worms and have purple eyes like Liz Taylor!).
Science Fiction, a much denigrated area of literature if not of film, has a tendency to predict things pretty accurately on a day to day level and with this, and cyborgs in mind, I've leaving you with one of the most fabulous scenes in the Star Trek Panoply: The Arrival of the Borg Queen.....
Londoners, buses, and the inexorable progression of everyday tech....
11th January 2019
Coming to work this morning on the train I looked up from my "phone" (why do we still think of them as phones?) to find almost everyone else in the carriage plugged in or jabbing their finger at a mini-keyboard. I'm not one of those nay-sayers who bemoan the demise of talking to your fellow travellers (I'm a Londoner, for goodness sake, why on Earth would I want to do that?) and I certainly don't think mobiles are the route to all evil, I LOVE my phone, I'd be lost without it. I've also recently been hearing about life on the buses, how everything changes but everything stays the same, and somehow the two things merged into one.
AI? Pish posh, Mary Poppins!
4th January 2019
Just what's so intelligent about ignoring what makes us human? Re-visiting the idea that the software used to trawl the job boards and social media sites is all that you need to find "The Perfect Candidate"....
Back to work blues?
2nd January 2019
You know all those "Top tips for returning to work" that sprout up every January 2nd?