Saturday, October 6, 2007

Metalosis Maligna

Ha ha! So you thought it would be cool to be a cyborg huh? Just found this insightful, Orwellian esque comedy doco by Floris Kaayk on You-tube. Although seemingly utterly ridiculous, you do here horror stories about nanobots able to reproduce themselves out of any matter, where if let loose they could quickly take over the world. You also have people nowdays who must almost have as much metal in their bodies as some of those cyborg freaks. I'm sure there would be some freestyle motocross riders out there with limbs more metal than bone. I also read in a snowboard magazine a while back that said the majority of pro snowboarders nowdays have had knee surgery by the time they're 25. After a lifetime of abusing my knees I could use a carbon pair round about now.

On the other hand, the human body is pretty amazing if you think about it. Unlike bones metal doesn't just re-weld itself if you break it. Also, who would want to end up like cybernetik pioneer Professor Kevin Warwick? He claims to have become the worlds 'first cyborg' and has written all about it in his book I Cyborg. Kevin reckons that "In the years ahead we will witness machines with an intelligence more powerful than that of humans. This will mean that robots, not humans, make all the important decisions. It will be a robot dominated world with dire consequences for humankind." I reckon he's watched Judgement Day a few too many times.


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