Cyborg, which is short for “cybernetic organism”, was coined in 1960 by two space program researchers. But the word quickly jumped from being a technical term to becoming a potent cultural icon.
No character better captures our fears about technology than a cyborg, a living organism that is simultaneously flesh and technology. At the same time, we love videos of paralyzed people taking halting steps in a rehab center or deaf babies with cochlear implants laughing when they first hear their mother's voice.
We're already well advanced as cyborgs, outfitting our bodies with eyeglasses, hip or knee replacements, and pacemakers. That said, wearable computers, sensory augmentation, intelligent environments, thought-controlled prosthetics, and many other cyborg oriented capabilities are starting to blur the lines between a user and her tools day-by-day.
But ultimately I'm a cyborg fan, happy to merge with a surrounding web of symbols, culture and technology of the augmented city.