What is a Cyborg? Vid. 1 — startingwithabang

4 thoughts on “What is a Cyborg? Vid. 1 — startingwithabang

  1. Very nice start to your digital artefact exploration! This cyborg topic is very interesting to me and it was interesting how you cross compared the extreme cases of what it means to be a cyborg to relatively ‘normal’ cases or everyday situations. It’s interesting that simple body modifications can fall under the category of ‘cyborg’, like myself I’ve had dental implants, so does this mean I can technically say that I’m one? I would encourage you to look at another platform in your exploration in 3D printing. Its revolutionising the way things such as transplants and prosthesis’ are constructed and modified to be an almost exact individual fit. This article (http://link.springer.com/article/10.1186/s13104-015-0971-9) looks into the prosthesis side of things and also gives the opportunity to touch on how these aids are helping people, and perhaps not just being seen as cyborg links. I had a project in first year that looked at the affordability and swiftness the printers have over legacy methods. 3D printing I believe has a lot of potential to assist the medical profession, which could link into what you’ve started on about body modifications in the classification and application of cyborg characteristics! Looking forward to what you uncover.


  2. I like how you in your first of four Youtube videos, you lay down the basics of what a cyborg is. It was interesting to hear that piercings, dyed hair, and tattoos fall under the category of a cyborg. Like you, I could classify myself as a cyborg, as I have piercings and the tips of my hair are dyed. If it depends of personal opinion, couldn’t all who fall under these conditions, be considered a cyborg? It brings up the issue of someone who considers him/herself as a cyborg, or in the case of Neil Harbisson, what would happen to him/her at, let’s say airport security? How would the situation be handled? On a different note, this might be an interesting article to take a read at. It talks about how scientists are trying to turn insects into cyborgs. http://www.livescience.com/54233-scientists-turn-beetles-into-cyborg-insects.html.Would or could this technology be used on other animals? That would be an interesting to look into.I’m interested to watch your next video! I think that the industry has warped our thinking on what a cyborg is. We think of a half man-half machine, with superhuman abilities (i.e. Cyborg from the DC universe). But in reality, the person sitting next to us could be a cyborg just because they’re wearing glasses. Good luck on your further research!


  3. I think it’s great that you’re creating your videos as you go as it is showing the progress of your research really well. I also don’t know much about this topic so I’m finding the progression of the videos informative too. This is a really interesting article which explores where people believe the future of cyborgs is heading which you might find useful http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20140924-the-greatest-myths-about-cyborgs. I’m looking forward to your next video!


  4. Having seen your most recent video, it’s really interesting to see where your research started! The basics are the basics, after all, and it’s an important first step when you’re diving into a new topic. I’ve tried to figure out what a cyborg “really is” before, and it’s not easy – any “rules” I try to apply are either too limiting or too boundless. Cyborgs are still sort of thought of as a mythical creature of sorts in a lot of media, and many only really consider the term if technology is wired directly into your brain, like Neil Harbisson. But I don’t think you need wifi in your head, so to speak, to be a cyborg. My gut tells me to draw the line between prosthetics limbs and body modifications like piercings – but all things considered, it’s an arbitrary distinction. Piercings serve a social function, just like prosthetics serve a mobility function. It’s a really interesting topic to tackle.


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