Central Thesis, Argument, or Theme

Central Thesis: Are cellphones an extension of humans?

In order to answer my central thesis, I will categorize my paper into different categories. I will look at the technical term and history of it and also the personal effects of cellphones on people I know. The reason why I decided to expand on the evolution of cellphones is because cellphones have become a part of our daily life that many rely on it too much. I wanted to investigate the changes of the cellphone from the appearance to the interior of a cellphone. I will look if there is a correlation of changes in cellphones with the changes in lifestyle of humans. If there are correlations between them, it will show that cellphones are an extension of us. In order to answer the technical terms and history I will research it using the internet. I google the history of cellphones and found a couple reliable websites:

http://iml.jou.ufl.edu/projects/fall04/keith/history1.htm

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/09/09/the-history-of-the-mobile-phone/

http://new.artinstitutes.edu/blog/the-history-and-evolution-of-cell-phones

With the use of these websites, I will be able to talk about the history of cellphones and expand it to a more personal perspective.  I will be able to explore more of the changes of cell phones and how those changes relate to our changes as humans.

For example, the addition of email was to adapt to people’s lifestyle. Many business men needed the use to check their email to contact and communicate with other business. Slowing email wasn’t just used by professionals and businessmen. Now, email it is used by almost everyone which is why it is very convenient to have it linked to our cellphones. We are able to access it even when we are not around a computer. Email being linked to our cellphones have also decreases the usage of regular mail. Many business prefer to send out an email to customers because it will be easier for them to access it and possibly use it when they are at their store without needing to bring a physical paper or coupon.

When you combine all the features cellphones has right now, we can see how it is an extension of us. The camera in the cellphone is an extension of our eyes. The recorder and music player is an extension of our ears. The speaker is an extension of our mouth. The memory space inside of a cellphone is like our brain. It stores different things whether they are things we can see or internal codes to make the cellphone work. The internal codes are like our organs, they work together to make the cellphone work as a whole. An example of how a cellphone might work as a whole is recording a video. It requires the camera/lenses to capture the picture. Which is like our eyes. Then while recording the video it is also recording the sounds. That part is like our ears. We listen to our surroundings. Then when the video is stored and when it is played back, it is like our brain memorizing a moment and recalling it.

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Central Argument About Neuroprosthetics

The development and growth of neuroprosthetics is necessary in order to expand in all fields of science and technology. A multitude of subjects come together in order to create neuroprosthetics including engineering, neuroscience, and biology. This means that learning more about this topic and creating more advanced technology would lead into a growth in technology all around. Neuroprosthetics is a complicated technology that in the long run will help many people.

Being able to develop neuroprosthetics into a completely advanced technology will aid many people who are in need of the prosthetic. Most neuroprosthetics that are being studied at the moment are arms and hands. There are still many imperfections of this technology (because it does not yet have many of the functions that a working arm and hand have). It is a common hope that one day this technology will include ways to sense different temperatures or weights. Currently, people who are testing out neuroprosthetics have a difficulty with how hard they should grasp an object because they cannot tell how much it weighs or how hard they are already holding onto it. How hard to grasp an object is not something most people think about when they pick something up, it comes naturally to them. Grasping something with neuroprosthetics always holds the risk of holding something too tight and breaking it or not holding it hard enough and allowing it to fall. Also, there are currently studies being done in order to quicken the reflexes of people (so they can grab and let go quickly, for example). As this technology improves, it will greatly improve the lives of the people who need it.

If advances are done in neuroprosthetic research, this can cause a growth in research and understanding in other fields of study towards other types of technology. For example, if messages can be sent from the brain to a neuron to an electrode to the neuroprosthetic, brain messages can possibly be sent to the outside world in other ways. People are able to use their minds and concentration to move objects that are not near them and even multiple states away from them. This means that a person doesn’t have to be directly connected to something in order to move it, which is already an advance in technology in the right direction.

Also, even though as of right now, mind reading is impossible, the science community may be getting closer to being able to do so. There are people in the world with conditions in which they are unable to easily communicate their thoughts to others. Even though it is something that may come very far into the future, a way to send the thought signal through neurons may allow a new way of communication at some point in time. All technology is interconnected in one way or another. If it wasn’t for someone discovering how messages are sent throughout the body with neurons and neurotransmitters, neuroprosthetics would have never been created, and if neuroprosthetics weren’t created, they wouldn’t open the door for so many more topics to be researched and discovered.