Monday, January 09, 2006

Good Morning Dave

HAL: I am putting myself to the fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do

The future is upon us and once again the fantastic becomes merely mundane.

Implants turn humans into cyborgs
Radio frequency identification chips replace house and car keys

Cyborgs have stepped out of science fiction and into real life with a small but growing group of tech aficionados who are getting tiny computer chips implanted into their bodies to do everything from opening doors to unlocking computer programs.

Amal Graafstra and his girlfriend Jennifer Tomblin never have to worry about forgetting the keys to her Vancouver home or locking themselves out of Graafstra's Volkswagen GT.

And the scary thing is Hal was Canadian just like these folks are.

See my Gothic Capitalism for more on cyborgs, zombies, robots etc.

And the right wing journal Reason has zoned in on this debate as well in their January issue;

Who's Afraid of Human Enhancement?
A Reason debate on the promise, perils, and ethics of human biotechnology Ronald Bailey, Nick Gillespie, Eric Cohen, and Joel Garreau (1/9)

And here are some more references.


Cyborgs 'R' Us

Cyborg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Cyberpunk Project

Haraway_CyborgManifesto.htmlA Haraway essay first published in 1991. Donna Haraway, "A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century," in Simians, Cyborgs and Women: The Reinvention of Nature (New York; Routledge, 1991), pp.149-181.

Cyborgs.html Cyborgs, Trickster, and Hermes: Donna Haraway's Metatheory of Science and Religion

John RR Christie - A Tragedy for Cyborgs - Configurations 1:1

MS. GUIDANCE Cyborgs and other machinic adventures in space


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