The Cyberspace

I’m sure “cyberspace” will not be a strange word for the people who living in this era. In those years, the film making industry and especially Hollywood was frequently using Cyberspace as the background or theme of their productions. For examples, movies “Lawnmover Man”(1992), “Tron Legacy”(2010) and “Matrix”(1999). These movies were end up with millions dollar box-office result which mean this topic was very appealing to the audiences. But what exactly “Cyberspace” mean? Do we living in a cyberspace now?

The word “Cyberspace” does not have a standard term or definition, it is used to describe the virtual world of computers. William Gibson is the 1st person who used this word in his book, Neuromancer, written in 1984. He defines cyberspace as “a consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation, by children being taught mathematical concepts… A graphical representation of data abstracted from the banks of every computer in the human system. Unthinkable complexity. Lines of light ranged in the non-space of the mind, clusters and constellations of data” (New York: Berkley Publishing Group, 1989. Another explanation from an article ”Cyberspace and the American Dream: A Magna Carta for the Knowledge Age” (1994), cyberspace is a bioelectronics environment that is literally universal: It exists everywhere there are telephone wires, coaxial cables, fiber-optic lines or electromagnetic waves.

As the article stated, “this environment is “inhabited” by knowledge, including incorrect ideas, existing in electronic form. It is connected to the physical environment by portals which allow people to see what’s inside, to put knowledge in, to alter it, and to take knowledge out.” Cyberspace provided a space with free flow information without borders. We can easily get to access to the information that we seeking anywhere we want as long as we have a devices connected to the internet. Especially in this era, searching information could be anytime any where due to the price of the smart devices is getting lower and affordable compare to the past 20 years and these devices are getting better in term of portability. It is hard to determine the price and value of these knowledge and informations today.

“We contact with this machine in our daily life since the day we born”, could you see the risk or negative impact that will ruin our ecosystem with this statement? Human first invents computers to solve the complicated matter that will hardly solve. For example, calculations, in-depth analysis and so on. Today, these machines have become part of our life and even evolve to almost everything in the urban compare to the past. For example, entertainment, transactions, advertising, social life, educations and more functions that you will never thought that it would happen in the past. No doubt, technologies today are efficient and makes our life much more liable. Therefore, these technologies have replacing activities that we use to do in the past and we are getting more dependent with this machine. Human stated to think lesser and depending too much on these machines to solve their problem. For example, a simple calculation people might use the calculator application in the phone to solve it rather than solve it by his or her own. Another example, we will never try to recall back what we have learn, instead we will just straight searching for the information trough our smartphone or some devices since the Internet access portal is everywhere. We do not need to memorize the exact spelling of the words because the software will auto correct for us and just like what am I doing now. People stared to think lesser and computers are becoming our brain and memory. It started to dominate our life, try to imagine that a day without these machine and what can we do?

Finally, I am not trying to persuade people stop using computers and start living like our ancestor. Moreover, my intention of this article is to arouse people to start using this machine wisely. Since we are living in the cyberspace we should fully utilize the abilities of the inventions with the premise of not over abuse these brilliant inventions. I believe that everything we do not to go extreme, it will harm you either way. We should figure out equilibrium point the virtual
activities and reality.

References:
Gibson. W, Delany. R. S, The Paris Review, accessed 2/9/20012
URL: http://io9.com/5815019/william-gibson-says-cyberspace-was-inspired-by-8+bit-videogames

Dyson. E, Gilder, G. Keyworth, G & Toffler, A 1994, Cyberspace and the American Dream: A Magna Carta for the Knowledge Age, accessed 29/8/2012,
URL: http://www.pff.org/issues-pubs/futureinsights/fi1.2magnacarta.html

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