Must sapient species be cyborgs?

Humans are rather unique amongst civilized species: Unlike others, which merely use their technology at their own leisure, humans are, in a sense, bound together with our earliest inventions like language, approaching the nature of a cyborg of sorts

I have been wondering, how exactly does this relate to our status amongst civilized species (that status being that of the most advanced). Is it a prerequisite of high technology, an inevitable symptom thereof, or something unrelated to our advancement? Or is the reality somewhere in-between these options?

Ayo, there are more???

who knows :man_shrugging:

octopi and dolphins are sapient

But they’re uncivilized simpletons.

they could become civilized on their own accords in a relatively short amount of time unlike most other earth animals. they could also be uplifted pretty easily compared to all the other animals


I don’t think all humans are cyborg. From what I recall, a cyborg is a human (or a sapient individual in Thrive’s case) whose body is partially technological. For instance, if you have a robotic leg or arm, then you are a cyborg. If you don’t, you’re just a normal human. If you have a neural implant, you are a cyborg. If you don’t, you’re not.

Requiring physical technology that is implanted as a new bodypart seems to be an overly narrow view of what a cyborg is

And whether or not we are cyborgs, we are still clearly distinct from other civilized species by our natural integration with technology

That’s literally the definition:

A cyborg (/ˈsaɪbɔːrɡ/)—a portmanteau of cybernetic and organism—is a being with both organic and biomechatronic body parts.

When I saw this thread, I could not believe that this was serious and not a joke.

We are literally the only civilized species we know of. When you have a sample size of 1 you can’t infer anything about the general nature of things from that.


I’m scared that @BurgeonBlas is infact an alien or something.

I’m 80% sure that cats are too. They literally manipulated humans for generations to get us to feed and house them for free, even dogs had a use when we were taming them, cats just showed up and demanded food and shelter and we were like, “it’s cute, it’s fluffy, I will never let anything hurt it as long as I live.”

Cats were used as pest controll.

Also, they didn’t manipulate humans.

that is incorrect. cats ate the mice and rats that ate our grain so we gave them some as treats because they ate less than the rats

We’ll have to wait until the invention of FTL travel to get a higher sample size.

Was that sarcastic?