"cy|borg (sêi'borg) n. a hypothetical human being modified for life in a hostile or alien environment by the substitution of artificial organs and other body parts."
"The machine is not an it to be animated, worshipped, and dominated. The machine is us, our processes, an aspect of our embodiment. "
"[a] cybernetic organism, a hybrid of machine and organism"
- -Donna J. Haraway
The Human Brain Project: scientific project of diverse collaborating institutions to further knowledge (mainly) of brain function and possible integration of biochips as aids to physically challenged.
The Anthroform Arm Project at The BioRobotics Lab
NRaD ROBOTICS check out their ideas about Human-Machine Interaction with Multiple Autonomous Sensors and if you have a good connection you should see their movies !
BME: Body Modification Ezine
For the ones more into Robotics check out Carnegie Mellon University's FAQ about Robotics
or the Homepage of the Field Robotics Center at Carnegie Mellon University.
check out the extreme modification page - not if you are a "sensitive" person though...
BME: Body Modification Ezine
ARE YOU A CYBORG ? Legacy Systems and Functional Cyborgization of Humans by Sascha Chislenko
The essay won't answer your burning question of self-cyborgization, but provides interesting insites into extropian cyborg theory.
The Ironic Dream of a Common Language for Women in the Integrated Circuit:
Science, Technology, and Socialist Feminism in the 1980s or A Socialist Feminist
Manifesto for Cyborgs
by Donna Haraway, Oct 1983 a pre-version of her influential article "A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century."
The Cyborg Manifesto by Donna Haraway:
Stelarc - an artist with cyborg extension.
read a rather old article by I-D Magazine about Stelarc, visit his site in Australia, check the FineArt Online Gallery and then of course there's a live video feed at e~scape
"Each performance consists of a unique set of ritualized interactions between machines, robots, and special effects devices, employed in developing themes of socio-political satire. Humans are present only as audience or operators."
CryoNet (The Cryonics Mailing List)
Purpose: Cryonic suspension is an experimental procedure whereby patients who can no longer be kept alive with today's medical abilities are preserved at low temperatures for treatment in the future. The cryonics mailing list (CryoNet) is a forum for topics related to cryonics, which include technical reports of cryonic suspensions, low temperature biology, biochemistry of memory, legal status of cryonics and cryopreserved people, new research and publications, conferences, mass media coverage of cryonics, local cryonics group meetings, and even philosophy of identity.
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