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 cyborgsAnd the scary thing is Hal was Canadian just like these folks are.
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.
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
history of science
philosophy of science