A real-life borg girl

Many minds controlling one embodied brain. Such a being was spotted in Austin.
Many minds controlling one embodied brain. Such a being was spotted in Austin.

CSH: Heidi was talking about a girl who was outside that was on the phone with a team of people watching and texting her. And my thought was, “The reason this is repulsive is we think that a normal human is a body with a single unitary will. So when you see that a single body is being driven by seven or eight independent wills, you’re scared.”

Heidi: It was more than seven or eight.

CSH: This scares us because we have an allegiance to the principle, “one body, one mind.” It’s kinda like the American cowboy ethic but I think here we’re tapping into a more extreme, even religious level of concern.

Communism, teamwork, tribal community. Even though, in this instance, the legion is appearing electronically, it still appears as a threat. It’s the Borg threat from Star Trek TNG. Remember the Borg episodes?

Heidi: No.

CSH: There is a popular phobia in sci-fi that, in the future, the unity or independence of the self will be destroyed, and every person will just be a functionary of a group mind. Have you seen Invasion of the Body Snatchers?

Heidi: Have you seen any of the Black Mirror episodes?