Cyborg Camp 2013 will be held in MAKe’s warehouse in Vancouver BC, Canada. CyborgCamp is a not-for-profit conference about technology and how it affects humanity. Topics such as the the Internet of Things, future of communication, anthropology, cyborg technology, psychology, and social media will be discussed in the event. There will also be an art gallery and interactive installations/wearable computing.
When: May 11, 2013 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM (PDT)
Where: MAKe, 257 East 7th Avenue, Vancouver BC, Canada
“Cyborg Foundation”, the short documentary by Spanish director Rafel Duran Torrent won the $100,000 Grand Jury Prize in the Focus Forward Filmmaker Competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The short film features 30-year-old Neil Harbisson, the first man to be officially recognized a cyborg by a government (his device is included in his passport photo).
Harbisson was born with achromatopsia, a condition where a person is completely colorblind. In 2004, he collaborated with the computer scientist Adam Montandon to have a head-mounted camera called eyeborg implanted in his skull. The eyeborg converts colors into audio waves in real-time, allowing Harbisson to “hear” the colors he sees. Harbisson calls this unique perception “sonochromatism”. The device can detect 360 colors that the human eye can normally perceive, as well as infrared and ultraviolet light.
In 2010, Neil Harbisson and Moon Ribas founded the Cyborg Foundation, an international non-profit organization that aims to help humans become cyborgs, promote the use of cybernetics as part of the human body, and to defend cyborg rights. The foundation has also experimented with other sensory devices, such as an “earborg,” which converts sound into color, and a “speedborg,” which lets people detect movement through vibrating electronic earrings.
For Harbisson, what makes him a cyborg is not the union between the eyeborg and his head but the union between the software and his brain — his body and technology have united.
For those of you who are interested in transhumanism and are located near Stanford University, you may want to check out the upcoming second-annual Advancing Humanity Symposium. The event is hosted by the Stanford Transhumanist Association and is free and open to the public.
Nine speakers, divided into three panels, will each present a distinct perspective on how emerging technologies and disruptive innovation may shape the near future of humanity.
When: Saturday, March 23, 2013, 10:00am-5:00pm in PDT
Where: Cubberley Auditorium, 485 LASUEN MALL, Stanford, California 94305
Defining Human – 10AM
Neil Harbisson (Cyborg Foundation) “I Listen to Color”
Gregory Stock (Author of Redesigning Humans: Our Inevitable Genetic Future) “To Upgrade is Human”
Natasha Vita-More (Humanity+) “How to Build a Better Being”
Lunch Break – 12PM
Pioneering Ventures – 1PM
Stuart Armstrong (Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute) “Space Exploration and Colonization”
Alex Lightman (Author of Brave New Unwired World) “Why Every Stanford Student Should be a Transhumanist”
Dickson Despommier (Columbia’s Environmental Health Sciences Department) “Vertical Farming and the Future of Urbanization”
Representing the Future – 3PM
Giuseppe Vatinno (Italian Parliament) “One Giant Leap for Transhumanist Politics”
Maria Konovalenko (Russian Longevity Party) “Catalyze or Die Trying”
Micah Daigle (Collective Agency) “Resilient Individuals and Syntropic Systems”
A recent Channel 4 documentary titled How to Build a Bionic Man demonstrated the most advanced synthetic organs, limbs, and blood, through the construction of a 6.5-foot tall bionic man named Rex (short for ‘robotic exoskeleton’).
The program featured the social psychologist Bertolt Meyer and Rex — the first complete bionic man created by Shadow Robot Company’s Richard Walker and Matthew Godden using almost $1 million-worth of cutting edge body parts borrowed from leading laboratories and manufacturers. Rex has camera-equipped glasses, a cochlear implant, a battery-powered artificial heart, pancreas, kidney, spleen, trachea, legs, lungs, and synthetic blood made up of nanoparticles.
Bertolt Meyer was born without a left hand and now wears an i-Limb Ultra prosthetic hand. He was also the model for Rex’s face. In an interview with Telegraph, Meyer stated that he freaked out when he first saw Rex and felt awkward seeing his face on the mechanical man.
While assembled by roboticists, Rex is, strictly speaking, not a robot. He’s not a cyborg either. His parts are all man-made but fully-functional — each of them can or soon can replace a human being’s natural body part or internal organ.
The Canadian digital artist Debra Mason (more popularly known online as Shorra) has created an updated version of William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s “The First Mourning”. Shorra’s version is called Death of a Cyborg. “The First Mourning” or “Premier Deuil” in French was painted by William-Adolphe Bouguereau in 1888. It depicts the moment when Adam and Eve found the body of their son Abel, who was killed by his brother Cain.
Here’s the original version for reference:
I like what Shorra did with her version. It is not overdone, which would have looked out of place given the style of the original painting. The cyborg details match the color scheme and overall tone of the painting. The new version retains the feelings of the original.
You can check out her other works of art at her Web site. A good mix of fantasy and whimsy. She also does commissions and restorations.
This bebionic3 prosthetic hand looks awesome as well as functional. Just watching this demo video is very entertaining. Here, the hand shows off its 14 grip patterns and how it handles everyday tasks, such as spreading butter on a slice of bread with a knife, clicking a computer mouse, stirring a cup of coffee, plugging in a USB stick, and writing a note.
The beBionic v3 (BB3) hand and wrist prosthetic is designed and built by UK firm RSL Steeper. It is controlled by the muscles and moves to interpret the user’s will. It can even be used for doing delicate tasks, such as picking up an egg.
The hand is made from carbon fiber and is covered with a silicone skin. The silicone gloves come in 19 lifelike shades. A futuristic, badass-looking black glove is also available.
Nigel Ackland lost his hand in an industrial accident years ago. Here he is demonstrating his bebionic3.