“Recently, to much fanfare, Apple launched a watch,” Alistair Croll writes for Radar. “One of the more positive reviews came from tech columnist Farhad Manjoo. In it, he argued that we’ll eventually give in to wearables for a variety of reasons.”
“Manjoo uses the term ‘on-body messaging’ to describe the variety of specific vibrations the watch emits, and how quickly he came to accept them as second nature,” Croll writes. “The success of Apple’s watch, and of wearables in general, may be due to this brain plasticity.”
“There are 13 pairs of nerves (counting the recently discovered terminal nerve) going into my brain right now. If I don’t want to overload my optic nerve, or to clutter up patches of my skin, or make any other of the 13 nerves do double duty, is it time for an implant? The notion of adding new, fundamental senses is fraught with peril and ethics,” Croll writes. “Perhaps I should I be wary of giving control of my nervous systems to technology, and just be happy repurposing patches of my skin, upgrading my input bandwidth the way I once upgraded a modem. If so, then maybe that’s why the Apple Watch will catch on. But it’s just a baby step toward physical augmentation.
“When we create not only new senses, but also new brain areas for motor control, we’ll become genuinely new beings,” Croll writes. “And that will redefine consciousness and completely alter the species.”
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The Apple Watch and our cyborg destiny – May 11, 2015