A human-machine hybrid; "cyborg"
is a contraction of "cybernetic organism." In the strictest sense, anyone
with a medical implant (such as an artificial pacemaker or cochlear implant) or prosthesis
(even including contact lenses or
a walking stick), falls into this category. But the term is usually reserved
for speculative creatures that might exist in the future on Earth or already
elsewhere. The concept of a human-cybernetic synergy was popularized in
David Rorvik's As Man Becomes Machine (1971).1 For more
about the Star Trek variety of cyborg, the Borg (as illustrated), see hive intelligence.
- Rorvik, David M. As Man Becomes Machine: The Evolution of the Cyborg.
Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday & Co. Inc (1971).