Human Life at 100% Screen Time

Austin Howard Tech
11 min readJun 3, 2020

Advances in computing technologies over the past few decades have pioneered the evolution of the human to cyborg.

Computers are gateways to a new market where attention is traded as currency.

In this market, money follows attention an in turn, attention drives business. Social media platforms, streaming platforms, websites, and applications race to capture attention and in turn, attention drives business. Social media platforms, streaming platforms, websites, and application race to capture attention by strategically exploiting a new necessity for connectivity. Those who master and commoditize new technologies win in the market.

Humans Are Already Cyborgs

While we aren’t yet physically attached to them, computing devices have become powerful extensions to the human body and mind. Computers are powerful tools that offer irresistible advantages, improvements to quality of life, and seemingly unlimited possibilities.

We are also still holding onto our real lives in the physical world, but we certainly are spending a large amount of time in the virtual world, and it seems that we are on a trajectory towards devoting all of our time in the virtual world.

The MIT Cyborg Experiment

In her book titled Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other, Sherry Turkle, a professor at MIT and the founding director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self, writes about seven young researchers who fully immerse themselves in the virtual world and consider themselves to be cyborgs.

This experiment serves as an example of the next step in the evolutionary process. The cyborgs wore displays that sat in front of their eyes, keeping them in the digital world. The only difference between the cyborgs and most humans living in 2020 is that the displays are attached.

We are constantly looking at displays:

  • desktop computers
  • laptops
  • smartphones
  • tablets
  • smartwatches
  • TVs

Every year we become more deeply immersed into our devices, and more connected on the…

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