What would the implications be for our culture, Shaviro wonders, if prosthetic had been the dominant metaphor during the information revolution, rather than virtual?
We routinely fetishize & sexualize cool, flashy tech. In doing so we impart emotional value to the soul-less tools of our construction.
Great day for an etymological celebration, I reckon.
28. Do you like science fiction mixed in with your tech history? Because if you do, Paul Graham Raven’s got you covered, in this piece leaked backwards 50 years, offered exclusively as part of our little project.
Who is Paul Graham Raven? I can offer no better bio than the one the man offers himself.
a fringe author from the second wave of text-based lifelogging in the Collapse Era
One hundred years of cyborg solitude | Futurismic
27. Peggy Nelson, writing for HiLoBrow.
And yet, it concerns us to conceive mutations of our own design. It’s horrifying to regard even one small step, “an inverse fuel cell, capable of reducing CO2 to its components with removal of the carbon and recirculation of the oxygen, would eliminate the necessity for lung breathing”
Click through. There are pneumatic tubes.
A Cyborg Manifest(ed) | HiLobrow
The idea that an electronically augmented revelation could restore the experience of life to its original glory was hardly ordinary cultural currency in America in 1945
It is often said of actor Peter Sellers that he was so skilled at his craft because he had no identity of his own – only that of the characters he played. Peter Sellers would have loved the internet.
23. Far from the vast reaches of space, Nicola Twilley of Edible Geography considers a cyborgian solution to a different hostile environment — industry-designed foodscapes that short circuit our homeostatic mechanisms.
Intestinal Cyborgs For Obesogenic Environments
Pop culture influence aside, the cyborg has always represented the best and brightest of the military-industrial complex
Jamais Cascio is a futurist who found himself thrust into the role of cyborg as his hearing degraded to the point that he now relies on programmable audio-processors (hearing aids).
The demographics of the disabled are changing, as is the power of assistive technologies. And these changes have serious implications both for the role and visibility of the disabled in Western society and the ongoing debate between augmentation as “therapy” and augmentation as “enhancement.”
Later in the article, Cascio presents a perspective that adds a nice nuance to my idea that non-destructive enhancement (exoskeletons) will win out over more intrusive measures.
Herr claims he would not swap his prosthetic legs for natural legs, even if he could. “Would you buy a computer system if you were told you couldn’t upgrade it for 50 years?” he says.
Open the Future: The Accidental Cyborg