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Rise of Cyborgs (02:11)


Cyborgs are people who merge their bodies with technology. Consider whether this practice will be commonplace in the near future.

World's First Cyborg (03:05)

Neil Harbisson has been colorblind since birth. In 2004, experts implanted an antennae and chip that help him distinguish one hue from another.

Aspiring Cyborg (03:37)

Oliver Waack-Jürgensen belongs to the Berlin Cyborg Society. He suffers from arthritis, and has two artificial knees and an artificial hip. Waack-Jürgensen intends to become a cyborg with wireless internet and a cell phone charger.

Upgrading Humans (02:23)

Bertolt Meyer uses a robotic hand; he was born with a partial left arm. He is a social psychologist who focuses on people who want artificial body parts even though they are healthy. Is enhancing humans to become stronger, faster and perfect the next logical step in evolution?

"Cybernetics for the Masses" (02:42)

Lepht Anonym’s lecture is an inspiration for Patrick Paumen to obtain high-tech implants. He has five magnets and six chips embedded in his body.

Wave of the Future? (04:27)

Harbisson discusses “listening” to people’s faces with his implant. He believes implants will be as common as tattoos in the near future. Doctors are forbidden from conducting non-medical operations, creating a barrier for those who want to augment their bodies.

Monitoring Vital Signs (02:05)

A SynCardia device is the size of a cell phone and can continuously measure body temperature, pulse, and blood levels. In 2013, Tim Cannon has one implanted, but then removed. Microscopic robots will serve a similar function in the future.

Biohacker (02:33)

Paumen wanted to learn more about producing chips and founded the group Hackerspace. He developed a new chip that allows him to open his car without a key.

Cyborg Hip (00:0-1278)

Waack-Jürgensen has made little progress in obtaining the Wi-Fi-enhanced hip implant he wants. His orthopedist seems supportive of the idea.

Biohacking in Sweden (05:25)

Hannes Sjöblad and other biohackers refuse to accept the limitations of nature. Sjöblad promotes biohacking at an implantation party where participants can have RFID chips implanted onsite. Employees at his company open doors with such implants.

"Transparent Citizen" (04:04)

How secure is data stored on implanted RFID chips? The North Sense implant allows early adapters to detect which direction is north.

Cyber Target Groups (02:33)

Waack-Jürgensen speaks with fellow members of the PIHRA Society. The group offers feedback and support for obtaining a cybernetic hip implant.

Paumen's New Implant (05:57)

Paumen takes his chip prototype to a piercing studio in Berlin. Harbisson plans to have another implant installed. Ethical questions need to be answered as the practice of enhancing our bodies with technology grows.

Credits: Cyborgs: Human Machines (00:24)

Credits: Cyborgs: Human Machines

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Over the past few years, technology has made life quicker and simpler for more and more people. Some people are now taking the next step: they are fusing their bodies with technology to increase their abilities and expand their senses, becoming real life cyborgs. They inject magnets into their fingers to sense electromagnetic fields, plant chips under the skin to open doors, implant devices into the skull with which they sharpen their senses. These people could be the pioneers of our technical future. Who are these people, and what drives them?

Length: 45 minutes

Item#: BVL145511

ISBN: 978-1-64481-191-7

Copyright date: ©2017

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