Dialing the future

Forty years ago, on April 3rd 1973 the first mobile phone call was made by Martin Cooper, an employee of Motorola. Since then the mobile phone has become  as essential a  part of our everyday survival kit. Glasses, driving licence, lipstick, mobile phone… To just imagine getting through an average day without it would send [...]

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Mermaids, boundaries and Haraway

  So many of the cyborg associations that I have identified over the past two weeks have taken the human/machine form. What of the animal/human merger? What of the mermaid? The other evening I found myself mesmerized by a Discovery Channel documentary Mermaids The Body Found. Armed with a cynical raised eyebrow I initially thought [...]

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In the words of Father Ted…

In the words of the infamous Father Ted “Down with this sort of thing!” At the dinnertable two weeks ago my teenage son told me of a revolutionary visual aid that changes how we can ‘see’ the world. All hail Google Glass! Imagine my surprise to read an article during the week on the same [...]

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Sonnet to a cyborg

 Today is World Poetry Day 2013! I thought that it would be fun to have a go at putting together a cyborg inspired sonnet…Poetry not  my thing but figured I’d give it a whirl anyhow!

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21st Century Cyborg?

The marriage of machine to man may create a form that exhibits characteristics beyond those capable of man. Science fiction holds examples of these in abundance, from James Cameron’s Terminator [The Terminator, 1984] to Ridley Scotts’ Deckard [Bladerunner, 2007 [final cut]]. How does a transference of such fusion sit outside of the fiction arena? Is the [...]

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