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Man and machine

POSTED: May 10, 2007 5:14 a.m.
During the past year or so, I have noticed many of my fellow Americans are hopping aboard the Bluetooth bandwagon.
It’s not just Liberty County, the trend is cropping up everywhere as more phones carry the Bluetooth function that allows a cell phone user to hook a wireless earpiece near their cranium.
This convenience allows people to leave their cell phone in their pocket or belt holster while they talk hands-free to whomever.
To all the Bluetooth users out there; keep on trucking. But I must admit it’s peculiar to outfit yourself with a cell phone accessory.
Can a person buy an arrangement of Bluetooths and color coordinate them with their clothing?
Gosh, I hope so.
And with the brain cancer suspicions surrounding cell phone use, is it safe to have this satellite receiver so close to your head all the time?
I guess only time will tell.
I think all this brings up a larger topic though. Since man’s integration with machines has expanded throughout the years, how much further will it go?
Scientists are already testing wristbands a person can wear all the time so as to constantly analyze their blood for diseases and disorders.
Also, nanotechnology will hold a very important place in the future. For instance, scientists are developing microscopic submarines, which can be injected into a person’s blood stream. They will be outfitted with very small cameras to look around for anything wrong within someone’s insides.
Sony, the mega-corporation of electronics, is testing possible methods for video games of the future. To make games more interactive, they’re currently probing into people’s minds to see if sonic impulses (delivered at the right time and to the right part of the brain) could trigger an artificial taste, smell or feeling to make the game play more real.
The advances in medicine will be helpful, but there is just something unsettling in this hardwiring of man and technology.
I’m eager to see the outcome, but I think I will side with the archaic trend of the 20th century by just holding a phone to my head while I blabber.
 

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