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BBC – Future – How the internet is becoming a part of us

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When I was in grad school, we had an entire course that talked about the integration of technology with human kind. As time has progressed, technology has been adopted with mixed feelings. On one hand, technology can enhance our lives. On the other hand, at what point do we lose our humanity? The Six Million Dollar Man (look up 1970s television shows if you don’t know who he is) , Luke Skywalker’s robot hand–and heck, his dad, Darth Vader–should be included as examples that come to mind when technology and humanity come together. Oh, and Bicentennial Man, too. On the other hand, you could have Cybermen (see Doctor Who) or the Borg (see Star Trek), where humanity seems to be lost altogether. So, this begs the question, where does it stop? Even if the tech is helpful, what do we do to not lose our humanity in the process? Include your comments below. I’d like to know what you think. –TechCommGeekMom

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Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who currently employed at Cox Automotive, Inc., and freelances as her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, BASF North America, Merck, and Deloitte, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog,, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, TCUK (ISTC) and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. She is very active in the STC, as a former chapter president for the STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter, and is currently serving on three STC Board committees. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog. All content is the owner's opinions, and does not reflect those of her employers past or present.

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