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well... no. Actually they don't .... not yet at least.
But they are a wondrous combination of man and machine...
What constitutes a cyborg? Do simple machines count?
Would you augment? why? why not?
What limbs or bits would you have augmented?
Would you hire yourself out as a contract killer to get the latest super duper third party mod kits in the height of bad ass cyberpunkified style? Would you wear leather, latex, or practical kevlar in the carrying out of these duties?
What social issues would arise from mass augmentation? (I feel a GiTS thread coming on)

In the meantime how about some TELESCOPE EYES?
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It's funny... I watched some of the original "cyborg", today... Col. Steve Austin.

http://www.veoh.com/videos/v987955nGNKHghH

The show is so 70's, it hurts, but this episode has everything... Oscar Goldman, Dr. Rudy Wells, Bigfoot, Jamie Sommers, etc.

And then there's the book it was based on.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyborg_%28novel%29

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I don't even think about "cyborgs." I don't understand why anyone would.


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It's my hope to replace my gimpy lower right arm w/ a cold, mechanical impliment.

Then I could crack heads like walnuts.


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devil wrote:
I don't even think about "cyborgs." I don't understand why anyone would.


pacemakers, stents, insulin pumps, artificial hearts, etc etc.

why think about it? coz its a multibillion dollar industry. is how i make monies!

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devil wrote:
I don't even think about "cyborgs." I don't understand why anyone would.


We already read all the music reviews... and we're bored silly.

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devil wrote:
I don't even think about "cyborgs." I don't understand why anyone would.

Because <i>they're everywhere</i> ! ! !
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thosquanta wrote:
devil wrote:
I don't even think about "cyborgs." I don't understand why anyone would.


pacemakers, stents, insulin pumps, artificial hearts, etc etc.

why think about it? coz its a multibillion dollar industry. is how i make monies!


Are we discussing cybernetics or actual cyborgs? Huge difference. One is an industry and one is juvenile fantasy.

And do pacemakers, stents, insulin pumps and artificial hearts even fall under the heading of "cybernetics?"


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from wiki:

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"According to some definitions of the term, the metaphysical and physical attachments humanity has with even the most basic technologies have already made them cyborgs.[4] In a typical example, a human fitted with a heart pacemaker or an insulin pump (if the person has diabetes) might be considered a cyborg, since these mechanical parts enhance the body's "natural" mechanisms through synthetic feedback mechanisms. Some theorists cite such modifications as contact lenses, hearing aids, or intraocular lenses as examples of fitting humans with technology to enhance their biological capabilities; however, these modifications are no more cybernetic than would be a pen, a wooden leg, or the spears used by chimps to hunt vertebrates.[5] Cochlear implants that combine mechanical modification with any kind of feedback response are more accurately cyborg enhancements."


cyborg is generally defined as a combination of synthetic and organic, and, yes, pacemakers definately qualify. what part of the 'juvenile fantasy' that you're taking about isn't now reality? artificial hands (a la star wars) aren't there yet, but we're getting there quickly. even androids are becoming reality with the korean advent of EVE-1, or whatever shes called. it hardly qualifies as fantasy if there are production models in existence, if you ask me. even 'artificial intelligence' exists. and has, for a long time. just because sentience has yet to arrise in machines doesn't mean it never will. humans are little more than biological machines, and we obtained sentience somewhere along the line...

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I just want chainsaw hands BZZZZZ!!

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I would definitely fix a few things- back, knees. Augment? I dunno. a built in chromatic tuner and spell check.

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hm. do IUDs count for cyborging? I definitely considered it a medical upgrade.


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id SO go for an implantable islets of langerhans. spell check sounds like a good idea, too.

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I could go for self tinting eyes. Then I would never have to wear shades again.


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I would want fiber-optic hair. It would be programmable for any color in an instant without smelly dye or damaging chemicals. I could be blonde for work and purple/green/black for play!

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manna_panna wrote:
I would want fiber-optic hair. It would be programmable for any color in an instant without smelly dye or damaging chemicals. I could be blonde for work and purple/green/black for play!


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thos, you geek!

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I think I'm just gonna ride this organic thing out, see where it takes me. I'm not into this whole mechanical animals thing.


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devil wrote:
I think I'm just gonna ride this organic thing out, see where it takes me. I'm not into this whole mechanical animals thing.


mmmmm..... mechanical animals! ..... now I'm gonna be up all night!

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