Communication Studies: Digital Media: Cyborgs
Nothing too new here, but it's a good set of bookmarks.
A virtual commonplace book on the seasonal movements, habitat utilization, breeding habits and population ecology of the common cyborg (rapidus permuto Humanus)
"Rain to Star in Park Chan-wook's Much-Awaited 'Cyborg'
K-pop star Rain (24) has accepted a starring role in director Park Chan-wook's next movie titled 'I'm a Cyborg, but It's Ok' produced by Moho Film. Scheduled to start shooting in March or April, 'I'm a Cyborg' is this year's much-awaited project by Park, who made his name worldwide by winning the Grand Prix at Cannes with 'Old Boy.' The new movie is about a girl who suffers from the delusion that she is a combat cyborg. Sectioned in a mental hospital, she falls in love with a boy who thinks he can steal people's souls with a machine he has created."
"Synthetic Genomics, Inc. seeks to lead the world in its ability to design, synthesize and assemble specifically engineered cell level bio-factories. The ability to make extensive changes to the DNA of a chromosome, assemble it, and insert it into an organism is in its infancy, and the capability to assemble chromosome length strands of DNA will be key to the success of the company. "The Globe and Mail (subscription required) reported on December 19 that Venter's company is attempting to create the "first human-made species" or "first synthetic life form - a microbe made from scratch."
"FUNtain, an interactive fountain that uses a water pump and hollow pipes to generate music when visitors press their hands over the opening of each pipe.'As far as I know, it's the world's first and only water-based instrument,' Mann explained yesterday while inspecting the site where his fountain will be installed. 'There isn't a lot of inventiveness in art (these days) but art is about invention. Art, science and technology inform and influence each other.'"This is an interesting choice: I wonder if it's anything like the 17th- and 18th-century musical automata that were powered by water, on which Descartes based his description of the human body as a fountain automata piloted by an immaterial spirit and moved through the workings of the nerves as hollow pipes through which the animal (animating) spirits flowed?