On Sun, Jun 9, 2013 at 9:18 AM, Joe Niederberger <firstname.lastname@example.org>wrote:
> > Comparing humans directly to machines generates a lot of emotional heat, > some of which may be good, and some counterproductive. > > Cheers, > Joe N >
I have no problem referring to the human eye, or any eye, as an "interface device" -- similar to cables, like USB.
You have the optic nerve leading away one way, and a cable TV wire going the other.
At the "synapse" a bright high def screen of colored pixels beams directly into the retina, transferring what's in the cable TV wire to what's in the optical nerve, in terms of signals about changing color patterns, other cues we interpret.
The biological brain and solid-state TV form a continuous "organism" though we call this "metaphoric use" because we do not regard silicon / copper / silver etc. (the components of electronic circuits) to be "biological". This is a figment of English. As graphene and nanotubes (which are "grown" in the lab) invade electronics, we may come to see ourselves as bio-mechanical, especially with "avatar identities" existing only in Cyberia.
We are Borg-like in terms of sharing a "hive mind" (e.g Netflix). Science fiction helps us re-shape the language.