Thursday, July 19, 2012

Man and Machine

I wasn't kidding about being a Cyborg. Here's the definition:

A human who has certain physiological processes aided or controlled by mechanical or electronic devices.

In my case the device is an Implanted Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD). Big words for a tiny device that is amazingly sophisticated. It consists of a pulse generator, a battery, a programmable computer chip, a wi-fi transmitter and connections for electrical leads (wires) that go into two of the chambers of my heart.

It's not a new idea. They've been doing this for over 20 years. In fact, medical science has become very adept at putting artificial devices in a human body.

My device constantly monitors the activity of my heart. It will attempt to pace my heart (cardioversion) if the heart rate either gets too fast or too slow. But the primary purpose is to protect me in case my heart tries to beat too fast (fibrillation). If that happens, the pulse generator will create a jolt of electricity to my heart similar to using defibrillator paddles. That jolt essentially interrupts the fibrillation of the heart muscle and allows the electrical system of the heart to essentially "reboot" and try to start beating again in a normal fashion. They work and they save lives. 

Now the word "cyborg" can conjure up many images of altered beings whose only apparent limitations are limited to the imagination of science fiction authors. But in reality, it is much simpler than that. 

I consider myself to be a primitive sort of cyborg. I say primitive because it is only a matter of time before major advances are made and people may be eventually walking around with all sorts of mechanical and/or electrical "enhancements".

I'm not complaining because the device may save my life someday. For me, the device's purpose is to protect me. It is meant to "restore" the functions of my body. 

Other devices might be  considered "enhancements" and are meant to improve the functions of a human being. There will be controversy here. For instance, there is a sprinter going to the Olympic Games this year with artificial legs. Does he have advantages? Could there be other athletes someday with enhancements that we don't even know about? Unseen? Did Lance Armstrong have cybernetic enhancements to help him win the Tour de France?

Seem far fetched? It's not! The day is coming. And it may not be that far off!

What about this? We've mentioned humans with mechanical or electrical enhancements. What about a mechanical device with human implants or enhancements?

Can they make a scooter to be more human? Do we want them to?

I am "Wi-Fi", Therefore I am.

Ride On and Carpe Diem my friends!


  1. Like the new layout! Good stuff!

  2. Thanks Kal, even if you are potentially biased. Love Ya!

    Jimbo (a/k/a Bad Dad)

  3. Dom, very true and "they have a plan"

  4. Changed the name of your blog on my blog list!
    May you live long and prosper. Seemed like a good thing to say.

  5. That's a good one Keith, and I did notice that the name didn't change on other people's blogs. Thanks for correcting it on yours. And as far as living long and prospering goes...
    Back at ya dude! :)

  6. I think "Riding The Shit Out Of Life" could be good for a name. Now go out and buy a full sized pair of pink Crocs and like me, don't waste time on people they freak out.

  7. Michael, I think you just nailed it. I sone times worry that I will ride up to a stoplight and a big chromed Harley will stop next to me the next lane ridden by a bald guy with a flowing beard, sunglasses and a beater t-shirt. He will look over and see the pink croc on my keychain and smirk at me.

    Then I think, Naahh, not gonna worry about that dude! I keep my eyes out for that pair of full size pink crocs, but I never seem to see them in my size. That's my story and you know the rest.

    Hope you and Layne are doing well,