NBC has this newish show called Chuck in which a regular, rather nerdy and socially awkward, guy has top secret government information stored in his brain. He absorbed this information by viewing it from a disk on his computer. Basically he becomes the computer, a protected piece of government software. The information is not readily available to him or swimming around in his normal thoughts. Instead it's triggered by visual cues, people, tools, signs etc. I thought this was a sort of compelling idea of man-computer symbiosis, in which the storage capacity is entirely due to the computer but it's way of communicating the information is through the human. The computer is not actively thinking but the system is programmed to operate in a specific way outside of Chuck's control. This semi-latent mechanical presence is an interesting alternative to the one's we read about last week. Obviously the technology is just an idea from a TV show and I'm not sure if we will ever develop a way for part of the human brain to be possessed by computer technology I just thought it was a noteworthy concept.
By chunkymonkey89 - Posted on 17 February 2008 - 4:30pm.