Man Machine Morphing
Authored by: Sean  

Not many things cause me to lose sleep. But, the news of Tim Cannon putting a big electronic chip into his arm devoid of any anesthetics and a skilled surgeon was one such thing. I cannot imagine a person doing something like this for the sake of technology. What does this device do? The Circadia 1.0, as it is known, can measure the gentleman’s body temperature and then use Bluetooth and transmit the same to his smart phone. Perhaps after that, Cannon will share the details over social media accounts.


As morbidly fascinating as this news is, it really got me thinking about how the lines are blurring between men and machines. Most of this is taking place in the movies of course but technologies such as Google Glass will perhaps be “implantable” at some point of time in the future. Till then, I shall dwell upon the ‘fictitious realm’ of men, machines and the fusion between the two.


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Why would a man blend into a machine? Just the dream of being a robot? Or does it help enhance his life? Is it possible to use different kinds of technology to extend our lives? Can different kinds of technology also help in enhancing the quality of such a life? Take what happens in the Iron Man series. The movie series began with Tony Stark getting “machined up” with electromagnets, an arc reactor and an unbelievable power suit. All of them help in making him truly an Ironman.


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In Iron Man 3, one of the main roles; so to speak; is played by a ‘super soldier solution’ which brings together biology and electronics and gets the body to bounce back from serious injury. This solution is called Extremis. Perhaps the next super hero in the making? One of the movies that come to mind when you are talking about the ability of the body to recover from injury is the Terminator series. Take a look at the movie again to see how Robert Patrick or T-1000 as he is known, gets shot repeatedly and his body simply melts into a whole again. His was a body built of mimetic polyalloy!


Way back in 1960, the term cyborg came into being. This is when 2 guys, Nathan S.Kline and Manfred Clynes talked about the man-machine systems operating in outer space. As an extension of this, there was an amazing piece of work done by Neil Harbisson who said he attained cyborg status because he was wearing something known as an eyeborg which had fused to his brain. He is color blind but can listen to color.
























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Can software become part of one’s brain? Can technology actually help tweak the human genome? We insert one chip into some portion of our body and get a better quality of life? Perhaps in an extreme condition this kind of “fusion” can help. After all, does not the field of medicine rely on implants to help a person get better? Having a machine ticking inside of an individual is an extremely fascinating topic indeed. But would you get an electrode or implant done to yourself simply because you could function like a robot? Now that is a question well worth deliberating on!

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