In simplistic terms, a Cyborg is a cybernetic organism; that has
enhanced abilities due to technology. While cyborgs are commonly
thought of as mammals, they can be any kind of organism.
Fictional cyborgs are portrayed as a synthesis of organic and synthetic
parts. Cyborgs have attracted wide debate as to the difference between
human and machine as concerning morality, free will, and empathy.
Fictional cyborgs may be represented as visibly mechanical [Star
Trek]; or as almost indistinguishable from humans [Cylons in Battlestar
There remains societial discomfort towards these fictional portrayals,
with the increasing reliance upon technology, when used in ways
that seemingly threaten free will.
Real cyborgs are more frequently people who use cybernetic technology
to repair or overcome the physical and mental constraints of their
Cyborgs And Second Life
is a three dimensional online, virtual world.
This video explores the use of Cyborgs in Second Life and how they
relate to the cuting edge of social evolution, touching on many
of the societal concerns about the merging of reality with virtuality.
Building Your Own Cyborg
And if you really have to...you can build y our own Cyborg, using
only a PVC coupler, a coin tray, thin orange tubing, blue flash
controllers, silver bubble wrap, duct tape, a rolodex, and costume
jewelry. Watch as Erik constructs a rather cool robotic arm and
eye-patch scanner. [2:32]