Cyborgs!Interesting topic. I’m glad I had a chance to dig into it, do some research, and imagine what the future holds. The interesting things I found is that cyborgs are not just a thing that we see in old comic books, of sci fi movies, the technology is actually here today. I was shocked to find out about a man, First Human Cyborgwho had a chip implanted into his arm.The youtube video goes into how he is able to control a robotic arm, turn on lightbulbs, and other technology all with only his mind. Fascinating. That not only implies amazing breakthroughs for the medical field but for all humans in general. If future years, don’t be surprised if you see fully functioning prostetic limbs, controlled solely by the individual’s mind. Also people may be able to communicate with technology and control lights, appliances, their televisions with nothing but the power of their minds. Cyborgs and this evolving technology leads to something of a superhuman race, which is amplified by technology.
The video I put together on the cyborg shows a lot of different examples of cyborgs. I used five different film productions to make my point. They are Star Trek, Elysium, Robocop, Spiderman, and Ironman. The video editing was an interesting experience for me because I used Microsoft’s Windows Movie Maker on Windows 7. Next time I will most likely use iMovie, just because it is a much better software for editing. Although the movie turned out pretty good, and I think it shows what a cyborg is in many forms, and presents many different ideas as to what impact it could have on our world. In Elysium we see this machine, connected to Max’s brain. When I saw that I immediately thought about the possibilities that this could imply. Imagine being able to download any sort of data straight into your brain, or have instant access to the internet. Elysium also paints an awesome scenario of how cyborgs can be useful in battle. Cyborgs may very well be used for the military in the future, giving us a more efficient and a much more effective way to fight our enemy. Interestingly enough as today I actually had the pleasure of watching Robocop (2014). IT made me think a little different about the subject. In the movie the Alex Murphy was blown up by a car bomb and woke up as a cyborg. The only parts that were left of him were his brain, his lungs and his hand. In the movie, the doctors who made his cyborg body, were able to manage his chemistry, his data and seemingly everything else. They could even turn him off. He being a Detroit city police officer was able to have the entire Detroit police database in his head, have video image of each case, and have ability to control his surrounding technology. He was like a supercop. The movie really made me question how much technology is too much, and can such enhancements take humanity away. During the film, Robocop had certain programs installed, certain protocols that were written into his modified brain, and the human part of him was overriding them. It did a fantastic job hitting the “human vs machine” point. The movie was also set in the future where robots fight wars for us, cyborgs are used as prosthetic limbs, weapons, and Alex Murphy became the first full human robocop with capabilities like no other . Very interesting movie, I recommend anyone watch it if you are interested.
To move on, spiderman 2 really did a great job with Dr. Octopus and his mechanical tentacles. It made me think about the bionic eye, and how this technology may impact the blind community. Also it really makes you think about the kind of impact cyborgs might have on the world if it got into the wrong hands. And Iron Man, one of my favorite movies of all time, certainly did a fantastic job of presenting the interface. J.A.R.V.I.S., this high tech artificial intelligence, personal intelligence computer was like siri, but with big data and the internet of things all put together. Could that also be something that we might see in the future. Super smart computers that enhance every level of our every day lives, with whom we could interact with. Iron man also has that future military potential, wouldn’t you think so?
In modern movies cyborgs are often presented as this fusing of human and machine, often to make the human more powerful through technology. When you think about it, our culture today is obsessed about self improvement. Cyborgs in my opinion is something that will definitely have a big impact on the world. The medical field, our military, and eventually into everybody’s homes. We are already obsessed and unable to live without the internet. People are constantly being connected to the web, always communicating, and sharing lives with other. Its obvious that there is already a movement to mend the human with the internet, the question is where is it going to be in lets say 30 years from now? I think the reason Hollywood has such a love for cyborgs is that they really see a possible future of us living with cyborgs, if not becoming one. Definitely an interesting though when you think about how far we have come in the past 10 years, and the massive impact the internet has had on our future.