BCM206: Blog Post 2: Week 3

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Understanding the network society paradigm


Do we live in a Cyberpunk Utopia?

Looking around, technology is so ingrained into our every day life to the degree that we barely notice anymore. However through the rapid ideation and realisation of technology over the past few decades, there has been a significant paradigm shift. Once we were wary of anyone knowing even which state we lived in; now we call strangers to our doors for lifts across town. Social media has shattered our parents warnings from the past of putting our information online.

So fast has this occurred and so deep is our fascination with technology that the tropes that were once far-off fantasies of Cyberpunk worlds are now reality – without the fanfare, the style, the wonder. Rather than creating the cyborgs, we have become the cyborgs, our devices always within arm’s reach. We are connected, digitally, to our objects around the home. We can see inside our fridges from the supermarket, ask our AIs the weather forecast, connect to millions of nodes within our lifetime. We have the power to create, connect to or destroy entire networks of people and devices. Data, thoughts and information flow freely and invisibly all around us.

The things that were once cyberpunk dreams – artificial intelligence, virtual reality, body augmentation, “cyborgs”, hackers, network wars – all exist in our world one way or the other.

There’s just no where near as much neon.



  1. Elon Musk thinks that we’re already cyborgs – I’m inclined to agree. #cyborg #future #bcm206
    (shared link: https://www.theverge.com/2016/6/2/11837854/neural-lace-cyborgs-elon-musk)
  2. As if smart fridges weren’t enough, smart toasters are now a thing. We just have to connect to EVERY thing. #networks #connectivity #communications #bcm206
    (shared link: https://www.engadget.com/2017/01/04/griffin-connects-your-toast-to-your-phone/)
  3. Once upon a time mum told me never to share my name on the internet. Now no one will believe you’re a real person without it. #backflip #paradigmshift #bcm206
    (shared link: https://www.howtogeek.com/347128/can-you-use-a-fake-name-on-facebook/)

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