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ERIC Number: EJ944257
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0095-5892
Dawn of the Social Cyborg
Campbell, Joe; Finegan, William
Training, v48 n5 p20-23, 25, 27 Sep-Oct 2011
Corporate learning environments have undergone disruptive changes over the last 20 years due to the explosion of information technology, globalization of the workforce, and shrinking travel and training budgets. Those disruptions are accelerating with the introduction of new technologies such as social media. Potentially the most disruptive change of all, however, is the appearance of a new species of learner that the authors call the "Social Cyborg." They use the term, "Social Cyborg," to describe people who have integrated social networks and information technology into the way they think, learn, and solve problems. It's helpful to think of these people as a distinct species, one that has evolved unique capabilities to take advantage of networked people and information systems. Think of the Social Cyborg as a human-computer hybrid that belongs to a socially networked hive. They are permanently wired to information networks, walk around with hundreds of gigabytes of "outboard memory," have access to hundreds of applications to aid their thinking, and are in constant communication with a global network of other Social Cyborgs. In other words, picture the typical teenager. What are the implications for talent development of this new species in the workforce, one that has evolved new skills that are different--and in some ways more advanced--than those of many people in the existing workforce? To gain perspective on the implications, the authors take a history lesson from the disappearance of the Neanderthals. They contend that like with the Neanderthal, people need to be more nimble and adaptable to the disruptions that also hold the key to their survival. Leveraging social networks, collaboration, and new technologies as the Social Cyborgs do is essential to their continued evolution.
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Language: English
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