More than 180 years ago, Poe was the first to imagine a character half man, half robot, which could be considered the first fantasy of the human being with the cyborg. Today, there are countries like Sweden where Poe’s story is coming true. In fact, in the Nordic country more than 4,000 people have implanted an electronic device in their body in order to facilitate their daily life, often as a substitute for some function of the body. Smartphone: pay in shops, open the door of the house, access work or validate a train ticket, among others.
In any case, it is clear that technology has transformed the way we live, work and interact, and that, as a consequence, some devices, such as Smartphones, They have become one more extension of our body, being essential in our lives. But how far will we go? What changes will the new technologies produce in human beings? Are cyborgs or transhumans the citizens of the future?
Well, although it may seem crazy, we may not be that far from that moment. In fact, 20% of the Spanish is favorable to get a chip implanted in your body to immediately have the functions of the Smartphone. In this sense, power store thousands of data (46%), have a integrated vision camera (31%) and have a GPS (27%) are the functionalities preferred by citizens to install them on their body.
These are some of the main conclusions drawn from the report “And after the Smartphone, what? Cyborg Citizen “, carried out by Línea Directa, the insurer that is leading the digital transformation of its sector, with the aim of analyzing what the next digital revolution will be after the Smartphone.
Give in to monitoring in exchange for discounts
Although many citizens are open to becoming virtually cyborgs, they also point out the disadvantages of implanting a chip. In this sense, possible health problems due to having a foreign body in the body (59%), have to transfer data of their personal life to third parties (57%) and unable to digitally disconnect (53%) are the main disadvantages indicated by the respondents. On the other hand, being always locatable (31%) and not having to carry physical devices above (30%) would constitute the advantages preferred by the Spanish.
But the objections to having to give data to third parties are reduced if economic advantages are obtained. In fact, almost a third of the Spanish (32%) would let companies they will monitor their lifestyle habits through a chip built into your body in exchange for significant discounts on your products and services.
Many more doubts awaken the possibility of prolonging life indefinitely through cyborg technology. In fact, 13% of citizens they are not in favor of doing so, considering it “contrary to nature” and entailing serious social consequences. Not in vain, the 60% of respondents thinks that, if cyborg technology becomes widespread, single the wealthiest they could access it, condemning the most disadvantaged to premature death.
More Smartphone, less cognitive abilities
Direct line He also wanted to test the degree of dependence on Smartphone of today’s society, which undoubtedly seems to be increasing. In fact, the 21% of citizens admits “feeling anxiety” if they do not carry their mobile phone, to the point of being able to return home for it. In addition, the 30% are unable to perform any activity for more than an hour without consulting your Smartphone.
All this has consequences, since many Spaniards recognize that excessive dependence on technology reduces their cognitive abilities. The 46% of the Spanish admit having lost abilities since they have a mobile, the 56% does not remember more than four phone numbers and more than fifty% you would have a hard time getting to a new destination without GPS. Further, 2 out of 3 respondents they claim that their addiction affects their personal relationships.
A country of cyborgs
One of the main conclusions of the Línea Directa study is that approximately 2 out of 10 Spaniards would be willing to implant a chip in the body to replace the functions of the Smartphone. However, not all communities have the same opinion on the subject. In this sense, the territories most open to doing so are The Rioja (28%), Andalusia (26%) and Canary Islands (24%). On the opposite side are Navarre (10%), Asturias (14%) and Aragon (16%), where the majority of citizens would consider it “An atrocity”.
For Francisco Valencia, Director of Corporate Governance of Línea Directa Aseguradora: “The irruption of new technologies, which increasingly occupy a more important part of our lives, and our dependence on them is already an undeniable fact. For this reason, at Línea Directa, within our commitment to lead Digital Transformation, we want to analyze the evolution and impact of new technological trends, especially the Smartphone, in society”.