Computers: Extensions of Humans

Technologies are extensions of humans, a fact that Marshall McLuhan, author of “The Medium is the Message,” endorses.  McLuhan mentions that perception is altered through the use of technologies.  The use of cell phones alone alters this sense perception.  Even in the presence of other people (in themselves a stimulus), people’s minds are more stimulated by the noise in their pockets or purses.  It is like people’s minds connect to the cell phones the moment they ring, and their minds do not rest until we see the registered messages.  Cell phones are extensions of humans’ brains: they “remember” phone numbers and important dates/events.  Just look at the list of functions for cell phones nowadays.  Computers do what humans formerly did; they “remember” (cell phones), do math, even simple arithmetic (calculators), and create products (factory machines).


About Allison L. Goodman

I am a stay-at-home wife and mother. I fill my days making taking care of my daughter, encouraging others, cooking meals for my family, managing my resources through DIY projects, and writing.
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