The Borg, a respected adversary on the Star Trek television series, were a pseudo-race of cybernetic beings, or cyborgs, from the Delta Quadrant. No truly single individual existed within the Borg Collective (with the possible exception of the Borg Queen).

The Borg were linked into a hive mind. Their ultimate goal was perfection through the forcible assimilation of diverse sentient species, technologies, and knowledge. The Borg’s singular goal was the consumption of technology.

The Borg commonly had one eye replaced with a sophisticated ocular implant which allowed them to see beyond the human visual spectrum.

All of this leads up to the fact that over the past several years I have been known to refer to anyone wearing a Bluetooth cell phone apparatus as “The Borg,” mocking those who feel the need to be technologically linked during every waking moment.

But in 2010, both Washington and Oregon passed “hands free” cell phone laws. The technology became a necessary evil for communicating while driving. I adamantly oppose this law, but what can I do? “Lower your shields and surrender your ships.”

There are no laws banning smoking or drinking coffee while driving, and yet a hot ash or splash of a scalding beverage can be much more dangerous than simply talking on the phone. Kicking and screaming about the violation of my personal rights, I finally succumbed to the inevitable and got an earpiece of my own.

As they often intoned on the television series, “Resistance is futile,” and even the Borg Queen must comply.