The following account of Cyberous Augmentation is taken from Jack Huber's 2013 book: The Future of the Mind.
"What in our lives—in ‘me’ today--suggests a mind that is partly ‘absent?’ How much of what you think you know is really in your head? How much would you actually know if you were unable to access those gadgets you have? A report in the July 15, 2011 issue of Science is suggestive. Titled “Searching for the Google Effect in People’s Memories,” the research suggested that people relying on Google to find information remembered how to find the information... but not the information itself. The implication is that if the search process were not available the information would not be either. Yet, these study subjects would likely claim to ‘know about it’ if they were asked. This isn’t absent-mindedness, it is absent mind. That’s what this chapter is about: the systems participating in the emergence of mind that are not of ‘me’ and the implications to ‘me.’
As with the unknowable mind, it can be argued that this is nothing new. And it isn’t… yet it is! We have been using external memory for millennia. Einstein once said “Never memorize what you can look up in books.” So what is different about silicon? Is it simply a matter of degree? Is cyberous augmentation simply an extension of the past? Cyberous augmentation is more intense, more insidious, and more collaborative.
That was not always so. Mobility was the game changer. When cyberous interfaces became mobile, when they jumped into our pockets to be with us wherever and forever, not only did cyberous augmentation change, so did our sensuous interfaces and expectations. The augmentations offered by the desktop computer, the TV set, or that old fashioned movie screen were fixed—nailed to the floor so to speak. We went to them like the ancient Greeks went to Delphi… or we were not augmented. It was necessary to seek out cyberous augmentation. Now, the cyberous is a constant companion.
Synthetic augmentation of the senses has assumed extraordinary importance in humans. As synthetic augmentation of the central nervous system increases and becomes even more integrated, and as post-birth development becomes more attuned to the character of these augmentations, environmental elements will multiply in number and increase in significance. However much you may feel otherwise, your smartphone, iPad, or other devices are not part of you. These elements are part of ‘not me.’ They are in every sense absent from ‘me’. These cyberous systems of ‘not me’ have become significant in the collaboration that gives rise to mind."
Jack Huber: The Future of the Mind
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