Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Technotranscendence...


doing "field research"

Markus Geisler is the latest hit on the posthumanist block:
Wired News: My IPod, My Self: "According to Giesler's preliminary research, the iPod isn't simply an updated Walkman. It's an entirely new beast: a revolutionary device that transforms listeners into 'cyborgs' through a process he calls 'technotranscendence.'

Unlike the Walkman, the iPod taps into a 'hybrid entertainment matrix,' in which functions like random shuffle are a key construct, not just a cute marketing device.

'IPod and user form a cybernetic unit,' said Giesler. 'We're always talking about cyborgs in the context of cultural theory and sci-fi literature, but this is an excellent example that they're out there in the marketplace.... I have seen the future, and it is called the cyborg consumer.'"

Doctor Who Cyberman Voice Changer Helmet: Toys & Games

I like this 1:1 scale replica of Cyberman's head, complete with Cyberman sounds and mouth light: Amazon.com: $59.95.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

A new approach for a brain-machine interface


Conceptualizing a cyborg << Biosingularity: "Investigators at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine describe the basis for developing a biological interface that could link a patient’s nervous system to a thought-driven artificial limb. Their conceptual framework - which brings together years of spinal-cord injury research - is published in the January issue of Neurosurgery."

New Scientist writes:
A "data cable" made from stretched nerve cells could someday help connect computers to the human nervous system. The modified cells should form better connections with human tissue than the metal electrodes currently used for purposes such as remotely controlling prosthetics (see Brain implant enables mind over matter).

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

SCIENCE: Group Seeks Ban on "Living Machines"

SCIENCE: Group Seeks Ban on "Living Machines": "Group Seeks Ban on 'Living Machines'
Stephen Leahy

BROOKLIN, Canada, Jan 20 (IPS) - Anyone with a laptop and a mailbox could create their own bacteria or virus, for good or ill, thanks to a rapidly evolving new technology called synthetic biology, activists warn.

Companies are jumping into synthetic biology and beginning to commercialise and patent bits of constructed DNA and other molecules that can be used to create living machines in the near future, the Canadian-based ETC Group warn in their report 'Extreme Genetic Engineering: An Introduction to Synthetic Biology' which will be released at the World Social Forum (WSF) in Nairobi, Kenya Saturday. "