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  • New Patch to 'blur distinction between electronics and biology'

    August 12, 2011
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    "Electronic skin tattoo has medical, gaming, spy uses"
    BreitbartAugust 11, 2011

    Scientists and regular people alike are positively giddy over a new electronic patch that magically adheres (no adhesive needed!) to human skin.

    It's being touted as a life-changer, capable of curing sleep apnea, assisting in neonatal care, healing wounds, and--super importantly--playing video games with your larynx.

    Said John Rogers, co-author of a report on the patch, "It's a technology that blurs the distinction between electronics and biology."

    Wait, that's a good thing?

    At best, this new patch is another step toward automated man. We do very little as it is, living a sedentary, controlled life dominated by screens, and tubes, and computer chips. Now we're moving to literally become those things.

    Reports on these sorts of new technologies always gleefully proclaim the health benefits and how they'll make life easier. But they ignore not only the social problems created by melding yourself with a computer, but also the serious risks to liberty.

    The report does mention the patch's potential use for spying. Presumably they mean international espionage, but if people all over the place start using the patch, it'd be naive to think that a government that already blurs the lines between private life and public information wouldn't use the patch to collect and track the information of its users.

    Advances in technology have no doubt improved our lives over the years, but perhaps it's going too far. There's a fine line between enabling freedom and improving the quality of life, and shackling ourselves--now quite literally--to devices.

    The Cyborgs are coming. They're us. And we're willingly submitting.

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