It is increasingly difficult to imagine our lives without the existence of high-tech gadgets. They facilitate almost everything we do. Technology is now such an integral part of society, so much so that we have become desensitized to its rapid integration into our daily lives.
In his book Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man, Marshall McLuhan (Canadian philosopher of communication theory), discusses how each media “adds itself on to what we already are,” realizing “amputations and extensions" to our senses and bodies, shaping them in a new technical form. And because these objects shape us into a seemingly more"improved" form, we inevitably strive to obtain the newest, fastest, slimmest model, often overlooking the societal and ecological consequences of our rapid adoption and/or rates of disposal.
As the seductive designs of consumer technology further lure us, I'm fascinated to observe how the field of ergonomics and interaction design will evolve to successfully continue integrating technology into our bodies. Will the boundaries between the organic and manufactured one day be indistinguishable?