I want to be a cyborg

January 23, 2010 at 9:54 am 2 comments

My friends are often surprised when they find out that I genuinely would like to be a cyborg or totally artificial being. I have desired this since my pre-teens when I first saw the Borg on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and then as I’ve gotten older shows like Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex have heavily influenced me, not to mention sci-fi novels like those by Alastair Reynolds and Peter F. Hamilton where it is common for people to transfer themselves into either cybernetic vessels (of all shapes and sizes) or heavily augment their biological bodies.

Assuming one day this became possible, the question I’ve been thinking about lately is, would I still be ‘me’? If you take away my body, replace my brain with a computer, would I still essentially be me? If it was an exact copy of me when I was ‘digitised’ then I guess it possibly could be, but what about the influence of my body’s chemistry on defining who I am and how I experience the world? If I no longer has chemicals in my brain influencing my emotions etc, would I still be so insecure? Would I care about the fact I’ve made my best friend mad with me? Would I even want/need friends?

And where does God fit into this? If I become artificial, would I still go to heaven when I died (most probably from being killed, as ‘natural’ death would no longer be possible)? Would I still have a soul?

I’m interested in your thoughts, so please comment.

Thanks for listening.

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  • 1. Rody  |  January 23, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    we’re made in the image of God, that doesn’t just mean our bodies, but also our thoughts and emotions. The bible repeatedly says that God gets angry, sad, happy, etc…

    It also says that we should give our bodies as living sacrifices to Him. It’s good to work out and eat good food and take care of ourselves. However there comes a point that if we overdo it, it becomes a prideful endeavor to satisfy our egos (or a disease to ebb our insecurities), rather than glorifying God.

    You can apply that to anything, plastic surgery is a great thing for the person who has lost their face in a fire or their breasts to cancer, but thats not what its used for primarily.

    Same with Cyborgism (is that the term?), to “modify” ourselves to new intellectual levels and stronger physical bodies seems like a good idea, but to what end? Are we trying to play God to remove death due to our fear of it?

    Besides, why would we want to prolong our lives on a world full of suffering, when God clearly says there’s something better on the other side?

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    • 2. sye  |  January 23, 2010 at 9:07 pm

      If it’s ok to modify your body due to accident or injury (plastic surgery), then assuming we have the technology, how is moving my brain into a cyborg body any different if i had suffered massive injury? Like Briareos from Appleseed?

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