Maybe I was 12 when I listened to ‘Mr Roboto’ by Styx for the last time. The song was recorded for the album ‘Kilroy Was Here’ in 1982.
That was 11 years before the first release of the Mosaic web browser, 17 before the term ‘Internet of Things’ was coined and approximately 30 before the rise of IoT.
“… My heart is human, my blood is boiling, my brain I.B.M…” — Styx
It’s facinating how the song talks about some kind of cyborg and also gives a glimpse of the possible impact of social media technologies and the very existence of IoT. Not to mention the ‘time machine effect’ that the song still has over my mind.
“The problem’s plain to see, too much technology Machines to save our lives…” — Styx
The world in the 1980’s, as Styx knew it, was transformed into this hyperconnected place we live in today, where computers are omnipresent.
Nowadays, we are doing anything and everything to enhance or merge ourselves with technology. We’ve learned about Google Glass, Microsoft HoloLens and more recently about a hacker who implanted a NFC chip in his hand to bypass security scans and exploit android phones. [...]
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