Future of the Cyborg

Lester D. Stone, EL 65, The Cyborg Self, Brown University, 2006

The cyborg consists of many definitions and an unclear origin. The cyborg lives in the minds of many whether fiction or non-fiction. It encourages steps in medicine and space and engineering. Humans become more and more machine like. They represent each of the cyborgs in different ways and their lives simulate the predictions offered by many scientists. From Donna Haraway's Cyborg Manifesto, to the Cyborg Handbook This creature becomes a metaphor as well as a tangible idea that transforms into flights of emotion. This emotion describes the human experience as well as a new frontier for mankind. The Cyborg Handbook argues that people today have developed cyborg skills because of the extensive labor many people have had to do for various companies like IBM, Macintosh, and Hewlett Packard. There are sinews of workers who grow tired in the required repetitions, and in the warehouses, assembly lines, administrative cells, and computer networks that run the great electronic firms of the late twentieth century.These workers feel much pain of the union of machine and bodily tissue. Cyborg Anthropology represents on of the new developing fields. In this field, scientists study contemporary science and technology as cultural activities. With this regard, everyone becomes a scientist. The second area of study is the critique of the adequacy of anthropos. This study brings humans as functions of machines and information transfers. The third area recognizes new areas of examining how technologies get to participate as agents in producing features of social life. Forks to mobile homes to computer visualization participate as much as the human. The tools humans use become extensions that bring out the mechanical side in one giving oneself a cyborg nature or becoming a cyborg.

History of the Cyborg: Index

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Last modified 30 December 2006