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Cybernetics and Cyborgs

If the definition of cyborg is "technology-enhanced human", then in some sense we've always been cyborgs.  After all, the "technology" of the spear, of controlled fires and the like are the only reason we made it out of the Ice Age.  And as the introductory reading points out, everyone who wears glasses is a cyborg.

 

And yet, we seem to be on the verge of some far more profound breakthroughs in the way technology aids and affects our daily lives, possibly changing our physical capabilities to things we've only ever seen in superhero movies and altering the very nature of thought.

 

Come join us as we focus in on what it means to be a cyborg, what sorts of developments are possible and (most importantly) what these developments portend for the way we create, evaluate and judge the meaning of our lives.

 

 

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  • Morgan

    There's a great episode of Nova on tonight that aligns quite nicely with the topics we discussed on Saturday. Hope everyone is having a good week!

    http://tv.nytimes.com/2013/01/23/arts/television/nova-rise-of-the-drones-on-pbs.html?_r=0

    January 23, 2013

  • Gabriel K.

    Something fun from the near future?
    http://vimeo.com/46304267

    January 19, 2013

  • gil l.

    I think of a Cyborg as a technologysynthetic) integrated as part of the body and that's just begining. I hope we pursue the notion of the nature of progress again.

    January 14, 2013

  • Daniel S.

    Hey everybody! Sorry it's taken me a while to post, a location, I've been travelling and just got back to LA. As per Morgan's suggestion, I found us a space in Culver City. Unfortunately, the Tender Greens in Culver City is closed for renovations, so I've reserved us a space in the lobby bar of the Culver Hotel. It's a cute space and the woman there told me it's usually pretty quiet on Saturday afternoons. Looking forward to seeing everyone and discussing the reading. Please let me know if anyone has any questions!

    January 14, 2013

  • Morgan

    Perhaps somewhere in the middle? May I offer Culver City as a suggestion?

    January 3, 2013

    • Morgan

      Well, dependent upon how many people are expected to attend, I'd suggest Tender Greens. Reasonably priced and something for everyone. I imagine if we make a reservation, thhey

      January 3, 2013

    • Morgan

      They'd accommodate larger group. Apologies for typos, on a plane from NYC and on an iPad.

      January 3, 2013

  • Daniel S.

    Hey all, reading for the upcoming meetup is now posted. We've got plenty of space left so join and come hang out with a cool group of people. Also if anyone wants this meet-up to be somewhere other than Venice, please shoot me a message and we'll see what we can figure out.

    Hope everyone's having a good New Year!

    January 3, 2013

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