This is the fundamental question we at the University of Arizona/SALSA asked in our recent lecture series, but it is being explored more and more directly now. What is a mobile phone now if not a prosthetic– not just for communication but for semantic on-the-fly knowledge? Imagine cameras (like the looxie that we featured some time ago) that, when recording everything that we do might become permanent “life loggers” and memory engineering devices as we age? What are next-gen prostheses but replacement parts that may ultimately surpass the original? What is it that makes us, us?
What do you think?