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Chapter 13.

Questionable content.


Popularity seems to be a rather odd focus for others to strive towards. The amount of followers that one receives online just becomes a metric for success and the awful reality that stems from this practice disturbs me to no end. A persons work ethic shouldn’t be measured by the times they came up with a clever tweet or an insightful blog post. Granted, I myself do want to develop a group of usual readers, so calling me biased isn’t too far from the truth. I guess that my understanding of the situation isn’t tied directly to reality. I just really hate hiring managers. When the difference between two applicants is based solely on an online presence, the unfairness of this system is easily shown.

When I think of the advancements that humanity will achieve within the next few decades, the standard progression seems to point in the direction of things getting faster, smaller, and more user friendly. I find it hilarious to imagine machines getting even smaller than they already are (we will certainly hit a wall at the microscopic level soon without breaking the laws of reality). The typical idea that gets thrown around is that humans will be able to communicate faster than previously possible. Elon Musk brings up a fair argument that there is issue in the input/output of human processing. We can receive a large amount of info though our standard senses (sight, sound, touch, etc.), yet the meat sticks that we use (our arms, hands, and fingers) are notoriously slow in the output regard compared to a computer which is near instantaneous.

My original argument involving brain-computer interfaces tends to focus around letting pure thought control a computer. We’ve already created devices that allow this (to some extent). It’s not quite there yet, but the advancement in this area will only exponentially grow to the point that it will simply be considered the optimal input method. The oddity involved with the brain being linked to a computer will certainly not go unnoticed. There will be many that have no desire to become cyborgs, yet the irony involved is that Elon Musk also made another point concerning technology. Humans already became cyborgs when they first accessed the internet, in the form of creating a digital self. All the comments and posts formed a new identity that exists solely on the Internet. It is your tether to the digital world that you use to interact.


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