N.S.F.W Cyborgs

As I’ve researched more and more into cyborgs and biohacking I’ve come to realise just how big they can potentially become in our society.

Although there is some biohacking; or wetware; that seems a little ridlicious and not likely to take off in the near future for a main stream audience. There is already a lot of cyborg based applications already occurring. Which in my opinion can only become greater and more enhanced.

Bionic eyes and was to allow those without those senses to see and hear, prosthetic limbs giving people the ability to walk, run and catch a ball. To become who hey were before the accident that took it away. Or to live their life to the fullest if they were born without them.

Great things have come from people who have cyborg enhanced features. Olympic athletes, scientists, dreamers and creators are all exploring and expanding their ideas. Creating biohacking tools to help enhance humans.

I believe that biohacking should be accessible to anyone who needs it to function to their full potential. What I don’t agree with is the extreme lengths people go to in backyard chop shops to enhance their sexual pleasure with a dildo implanted in them.

The ability to walk and see again someone is a lot more appealing.

Here is my second video on Cyborgs, specifically that of Rick Lee, a man who in my opinion has gone too far.

 

6 thoughts on “N.S.F.W Cyborgs

  1. I’m not sure whether your reaction is in regards to the environment of a “backyard chop shop” (whatever that is), or the augmentation of our sexual pleasure. Additionally, the visualisation of a “backyard chop shop” brings to mind a farmer’s slaughter house, but in reality it’s at someone’s home or a piercing shop in relatively clean environments. But regardless, I think you fail to highlight that because these innovative procedures are not supported by government funding, are potentially illegal, or the patents are not approved they have to be performed in these environments.

    Also, the dildo implantation you criticised is designed to enhance the communication of pleasure between two parties. As Rich Lee puts it: “if your partner has this device on him or her while you’re having sex, every time he or she has a pleasure signal, it’s going to send a vibration back to you so that you know you’re doing it right”. I fail to see how Lee has “gone too far”. I think you unintentionally compared the the morality of “replacing” a physical or sensory functions v. purely enhancing a function, by exemplifying sexual augmentation. But Vice also covered a similar device by Stuart Meloy that replaced the sexual functions of individuals who had sexual dysfunction or missing genitalia.

    I love that you’re exploring the boundaries of human augmentation – especially fields that change “original” human functions. The expansion of our abilities and sensory receptors could lead to the devalue of genetic skills. For me, the comparison of human achievement v. engineering achievement to explore trans-humans is a better framework to operate within.

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  2. It would be really interesting to see whether in the future vibrator implants such as the ones you outlined become a part of virtual reality programs and the sex toy industry in this area (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/virtual-reality-sex-suit-lets-7698685). Perhaps implants like this could even be used to enhance VR porn to make the viewing experience more interactive (http://mashable.com/2016/01/08/naughty-america-vr-porn-experience/#LAlMFC2BemqV). Although utilising dodgy methods to avoid current legal ramifications can be a little hazardous in terms of safety and comfort during the procedure, I think that the sex industry has such a large impact on society, that if these biohacking implants were to be marketed towards society, it would spark a lot of interest (as well as a lot of outrage from more conservative people).

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  3. What I find interesting about cyberisation is not only the enhancement and control of senses we already have, but the capacity for us to explore new ones. I am always quick to link people to indie game developer Zoe Quinn in these instances, as she is really thorough in her own self-analysis and documentation of her body modifications: http://www.vice.com/read/they-told-me-i-could-be-anything-when-i-grew-up-so-i-became-a-cyborg-610

    She also touches on other interesting ideas, like her relationship with her tech changing (and what Android phones allow her to do with her NFC implants that Apple phones don’t).

    Another interesting line of inquiry for cyberisation is the question of who owns your new parts. For example in a modern legal operation, your new prosthetic may be covered by insurance, or you may need to take out a loan? Or say, if you had combat enhancements as part of military service, who owns those? And what happens if you decide to leave?

    I suppose I would just advise you to exercise some caution with regards to potentially passing judgement on the sub-cultures you’re studying. I think “why” and “where to next” are better lines of inquiry for your research than trying to define a boundary between what is and isn’t too far.

    Also watch Ghost in the Shell. The movie and the two anime series (Stand Alone Complex) give a lot of different perspectives on this stuff and how it might be imagined/realized.

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  4. Biohacking is so cyberpunk. I’m working on a Cyberpunk/Lovecraftian comic, and your research has really inspired me… in a sort of fantasy-scifi-aesthetic way, that is. I wasn’t really aware that it was a thing before. This is like a whole new world of storytelling has opened up to me.

    Enhancements like the dildo implant got me thinking – do cybernetic enhancements *need* to replace an organic function that someone is missing, like a bionic eye for someone who is blind? While using cyborg parts for prosthetics is incredible, and it’s definitely one of the more important applications, thinking of it as the *only* way to enhance people could be limiting in the long run. Why think as though humans can only ever have two arms? I guess what I’m saying is, adding new functionalities is as much of a reality for cyborgs as restoring missing or inoperable ones.

    The only thing that shocks me about backyard biohacking is the idea that it could be unsafe. There’s always the chance that participants less well-researched and have less resources and safeguards than those in the professional biotech sphere. But that’s the way it is, right? For new ground to be built, someone has to start doing it without the support of everyone else.

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  5. Thank you for making a video!!!! I wish and want to make video’s for my blog too!

    Biohacking is such an interesting topic, I think its really funny that you’ve ended up on the “weird” side of the internet ending up finding out all of those facts. I wish i could enhance my hearing!! However that dildo enhancement is weird, but then again people are weird. Well researched and well presented blog/vlog!

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  6. I love this idea and i think it will only benefit us: only us who can afford it .
    i met a man the other day , he took his kids out to play footy and his right leg was prosthetic, he had it painted with the cronulla sharks logo, he was kicking with his left leg just fine.

    i asked him how he feels about it , he said ” you get used to it” in fact hes changed his prosthetic 3 times,. getting better every time he said. he had a foot plugged on the end so he could wear sandals and it looks very realistic.

    of course there are going to be those who abuse it naturally, like there is with everything, what im interested is would they be experimenting with these implants in terms of military, creating some sort of super spy or unstoppable man with a boinci eye that tracks heat and acts like a walking coimputer which connects to some database with a full exo skeleton attached to it .

    imagine restoring a childs sight . that would be an absolutely proud moment for humanity and i think there is nothing wrong with investing in this technology.

    Konstantin Silikofsky once said “earth is the cradle of mankind, but humanity cannot stay in the cradle forever”
    i think this applies to us now and this issue because we are evolving, we are experimenting and these technologies are only going to pave way for new technologies and new ideas. We are slowly turning ourselves into walking talking smart computers.

    imagine AR in a bionic eye , being able to control our pacemakers by tweaking a setting on our arm. adjusting our heart rates for something we are expecting. The future is going to be really exciting if we can contain everything and not go overboard with it.
    i know its dark but sometimes i think if we were even meant to live that long. without this technology wed all be dead making way for new life instead of leeching off our resources forever and ever with the use of these technologies.

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