At a provocative presentation about bionics and prosthetics a question was posed to the panel regarding human-machine symbiosis – ‘Could your brain be hacked when molecular scale RFID penetrates the skull?’ This simple question highlights our everyday experience of technologies being disrupted and breaking down. We are so familiar with stories of hacking and disconnection that we understandably question whether our minds are hackable; despite being part of a 21c hyperconnected society, our daily encounters with the network can be fractured and messy. We have become used to anticipating the possibility of rupture, hacking, and disconnection.
The ‘seamless integration’ of digital technologies, so often espoused by tech marketing teams, in practice fails to appear. Yet the messiness can often lead to moments of insight and valuable reminders. Continue reading