Borders

Imagine a world without any borders, without political borders, without the border of our physical bodies, without borders between idea and action, or between the minds of individual people. There is no doubt that such a world would differ completely from the one we are living in at the moment. In such a world human beings (if we could still use this expression) would be connected like computers in a network, able to immediately "materialise" inside other people’s minds. Nowadays it sounds like science fiction, but it’s not as unrealistic as it seems, considering the current state of science and the increasing rate of development of new branches of science.

Nobody knows better what political borders mean than the citizens of former Eastern Block countries. Communist governments guarded their country’s borders very carefully, since otherwise people could have seen the way people lived in western countries. Those governments had a very powerful tool – propaganda that proved its usefulness for controlling the masses and maintaining a desired political situation. They needed simply to control information, which meant radio, television and newspapers, as well as not letting potentially dangerous people out of the range of the propaganda’s influence, which usually meant the country’s borders. All Eastern European citizens have been through a very fundamental "school" of propaganda.

Unexpectedly, this process can be their strong point, because this very "school" made them very suspicious about every sign of information manipulation. Nowadays information is getting more and more important, and nothing seems to be able to change that situation. Some more or less obvious information manipulations are taking place in the world of business and politics. Common people usually encounter this process in the commercials in all kind of media. People who don’t know all the tricks you can perform with information will be less suspicious about that, and will become potential victims of those manipulations. You can also encounter many propaganda techniques in other fields of life.


photo by Annette Kelm
Nowadays information means computer science, which has already become an almost inseparable part of life. Computer science is part of a bigger thing, the cutting edge of technology, and technology is quite a new thing, in comparison to the length of time humans have existed. The history of technology can be compared to a fraction of a second, and during this fraction of a second it has changed the world completely. Everyone has become so used to this situation that no-one seems to notice it anymore. Imagine that one morning there would be no electric power, and no food products in the shops. People wouldn’t be able to deal with this situation. Probably most of them would die. It could be total disaster. Nowadays we are completely addicted to technology. We can’t survive without it. Most people know that, but do they really realise it? Remember that the history of this addiction is only "fraction of a second". What will happen next? You can imagine technology as an "organism" that is interweaving itself with the territory of human beings, and which is establishing a symbiotic, or rather parasitic, relationship.

My personal opinion is that the vision presented at the beginning of this article could soon become something commonplace. Think about the rate of development in such sciences as artificial intelligence and nanotechnology. Some big companies in the US have already prepared accurate businessplans for applying these sciences in everyday life. We are now only a short time away from the emergence of new species, combinations of human beings and technology. So there is a possibility that future generations will completely forget about the meaning of borders as we used to know them.

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