Natural-Born Cyborgs

Originally coined nearly a century ago to describe human evolution as a cybernetic organism (in opposition to the emergence of a wholly artificial intelligence) the debate has moved on and Natural-Born Cyborgs are now generally considered a curious sociological dead-end. Recent opposition to human biological immortality has resurrected the concept as a source of cautionary tales for the ethical and moral implications of eternal life. Contrariwise this resurgent cultural reference has brought with it a nostalgia for the Cybernetic Symbiosis Renaissance at all levels: extended effectiveness by retrofitting purely mechanical replacement parts, or enhancement through upgrading to multipurpose and peripheral features.

— John Valentich

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