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How do I understand what the heck a cyborg is? Answered

I'm not a cyborg myself... and I'm making an article about them.

Can someone point me in the right direction (DIY bone conduction implants might work, or IR HUD) and I'm talking mostly about a mental fusion of man and machine, which I am sure I and most of Western society are. But  on a more fundamental level.

Also, I wrote a few shorts on deaf people, some of whom were cyborgs, so I'd be glad to publish them on t'Internet somehow.

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astroboy907 (author)2012-12-03

Unfortunately, computing power and biotechnology have not developed sufficiently enough as of this date to bond together a human and a computer/biotech system. So as of yet, cyborgs are not possible, at least not in the Hollywood style I assume you are wanting.

However, some technology does exist that would "bond" a person and technology, e.g a mind controlled prosthetic limb, heads up displays, etc. So the term "cyborg" usually isnt appropriate in these cases as a person does not usually gain more function from current technologies (e.g a prosthetic limb) than the original thing.

Some experimental technology does exist, but as far as I can tell, has not been sufficiently developed to augment a human.

You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile. The collective must assimilate you.

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steveastrouk (author)astroboy9072012-12-06

Here are some of the techs that are already available.

There are retinal electrode array implants in use, there are cochlear implants in use.

The very very latest prosthetic limbs have neural interfaces made of many atomically sharp pins, etched in an array to connect to nerve bundles moved from their original locations to the chest wall.

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bwrussell (author)astroboy9072012-12-05

There's actually a guy who built a color sensing camera that lets him here color, to combat his color blindness, but now he's made it so he can "see" UV and IR light which is an improvement on the human eye. Also using the definition you used of a person gaining "more function from current technologies" for cyborg then you could argue an integrated (not Google glasses, actually built in) HUD fits the definition.
If you define cyborg as a robot possessing biological elements then I don't think we'll ever get there simply because our engineered materials are better than biological "materials", in most cases.
Regardless, there is already some truly incredible instances of biological/technological interfacing and improvements are probably coming in leaps and bounds relatively soon.

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kelseymh (author)2012-12-03

You make the article by doing research (you can go to the library, use Wikipedia to collect references to better primary sources, or use Google Scholar to look up scientific articles). "Cyborg" is a good keyword to use (provided you filter out all of the fictional stuff), so are "bionic", "active prosthesis", "active prosthetics". Once you've done some research, you'll be able to use your results to select more keywords to get additional details.

After you've done your research, then you have to write sentences and paragraphs describing what you found. You really want those sentences to make sense when read sequentially, so that the ideas presented "flow" from one to the next. You also want to be careful about spelling, grammar and punctuation, so that other people can understand what you've written.

As for becoming a cyborg...you could lose an eye in an industrial accident, or have one of your limbs blown off in an explosion. Have the missing parts replaced by mechanical prostheses. You could even develop a disease like Type I (insulin dependent) diabetes and get yourself an insulin pump implanted in your thoracic cavity.

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j4jackj (author)kelseymh2012-12-04

DID YOU READ THE QUESTION? No silliness like Terminator (by that I was referring to Hollywood

And also, no requirement of disease.

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kelseymh (author)j4jackj2012-12-05

Yes, I did read the question. You basically want us to do your research for you. Instead, I've given you guidance on how to do the research yourself. I even gave you keywords to use in your research so that you can find information more quickly.

I even gave you real life examples of situations in which real people have been provided with active artifical replacements. You can use that information to research enough details to write your article. If you don't like it, that's not my problem. You shouldn't have asked for something you didn't want.

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iceng (author)2012-12-03

On this site you get realism and how to you might begin to make one.

Several years ago I have seen a documentary of a forerunner in the
field of your interest.

A 30 year old guy who goes through his days looking through 3 video cameras and tries to vicariously live the cyborg life.

If you can find him perhaps you could interview him
for the cyborg viewpoint.


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