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Technology, from being a puppet in the hands of mankind, has advanced to become an inevitable part of human lifestyle. The contemporary era witnesses a drastic shift, from technology being viewed as a product of necessity to the creation of a necessity to complement the abundant growth in the technological field. A portmanteau of cybernetics and organism, ‘cyborgs’ from an anthropological lens refers to a biomimicry of organic human parts along with mechanized devices. Cyborgs started off as a medical necessity to enhance lost functionality, from prosthesis, bionic bodies and wearable devices, have now taken the shape of a movement which experiments with technical implants in human bodies to provide super-human capabilities.  Such a practice is more computational than biological, more cyborg than human. A fondness towards implantable devices and ‘beyond human’ has resulted in the notion of becoming cyborgs. Although ‘cyborg culture’ is a relatively recent phenomenon, traces in history and literature manifest the existence of cyborgs from the time of the Egyptians. This paper critically analyses the increasing affinity towards transhumanism and biohacking through select works of literature and media. The gradual evolution of humanity into an augmented humanity is scrutinized.


 

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