Before We Become the Real Cyborgs

What Is the Meaning of Being a Human Now? From the perspective of humans ourselves, being a human generally means having a flesh body and the ability to think individually, communicate with others and use complex tools to finish complicated tasks. Digital and informational technologies have transformed our society as well as ourselves, which we …

We Should Think and Act Critically and We Can

Being Critical Does Not Mean Totally Refusing After looking through my previous posts, you may be clearer about the dark side of the admittedly convenient digital and informational technologies. Then you might ask, so what to do next? Can we refuse to use these technologies since that they can be so frightening and adverse (How …

Have We Become the Slaves of Technology?

Inevitable Advancement of Technology Technology has been advancing with little possibility for us to reverse this trend. Obviously, technology has greatly extended human capability and improved human life. So, is there anyone who truly hopes that technology will go backward? We have benefited a lot from technology, and we want more. With the greedy desire …

‘I Don’t Want to Be Excluded’

‘Slums’ of the Information-Poor If you are a cyberpunk movie or animation lover, you might have noticed that in most stories of this genre, e.g. Akira and Ghost in the Shell, one indispensable element is the area of decaying and backward slums on the margins of built-up and extremely informationalised cities. This makes a strong …

End of Critical Thinking?

Big Data, Datafication of Everything and So-Called Objectivity You may not be unfamiliar with ‘big data’, a term referring to very large and complex datasets which are difficult to process by a single technology or application. Generally speaking, it is the trend of datafication of everything in society that brings about the big data era. …

Convenient Technology, Distorted Interpersonal Relationship

Confusion about Companionship Digital and informational technologies have offered us much more resources and approaches to enrich our life, without the need of so many complex and troublesome interpersonal interactions. When you want to see a movie, you can simply watch it on YouTube or other video websites with no need to go to the …

Surveillance, Privacy Violation and Labour Exploitation

Dataveillance Some of you might have heard of the term ‘dataveillance’, which means a form of surveillance based on data mining and processing of the surveilled subjects with the help of computer technologies and the Internet. Though not as terrifying as the extremely systematic and efficient surveillance on each citizen shown in the anime series …

Technological Wonderland?

Digital technologies and ICTs (information and communication technologies) are products of the ‘Information Revolution’. These technologies include, broadly speaking, computer technologies, electronics and telecommunication. But, what we can actually perceive and are exposed to the most about these technologies are their end products – computers, mobile or wearable electronic devices and the Internet. Digital and …

The Era of ‘Cyborgs’

We have entered an era of ‘cyborgs’. When talking about cyborgs, the first image arising in your mind might be the female replicant in Blade Runner or Motoko Kusanagi in Ghost in the Shell. But, on this website, I don’t refer ‘cyborgs’ to such post-human and cybernetic images, but modern people who can’t live without …