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In another demonstration that brain-computer interface technology has the potential to improve the function and quality of life of those unable to use their own arms, a woman with quadriplegia shaped the almost human hand of a robot arm with just her thoughts to pick up big and small boxes, a ball, an oddly shaped rock, and fat and skinny tubes. [...]
Sat, Dec 20, 2014
Source: Cybernetics News
ONF executive director Dan Pitt shares his expectations for the evolution of software-defined networking in the coming year. [...]
Fri, Dec 19, 2014
Source: Network Computing
Migrating workloads to the cloud requires time and effort spent on up-front planning. The first part of this series explains the technical assessments and evaluations required for a successful cloud migration. [...]
Fri, Dec 19, 2014
Source: Network Computing
A research team at Bielefeld University has succeeded in teaching the only robot of its kind in the world how to walk. Its first steps have been recorded in a video. You can watch them in Bielefeld University's latest posting on 'research_tv'. The robot is called Hector, and its construction is modeled on a stick insect. [...]
Fri, Dec 19, 2014
Source: Cybernetics News
Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review. [...]
Fri, Dec 19, 2014
Source: MIT Tech Review - Computing
A roundup of the most interesting stories from other sites, collected by the staff at MIT Technology Review.Back to the Future: Advanced Nuclear Energy and the Battle Against Climate ChangeA thoughtful exploration of Transatomic Power’s elegant ideas for ultra-safe nuclear energy and whether they can become reality. —Brian Bergstein, deputy editor [...]
Thu, Dec 18, 2014
Source: MIT Tech Review - Computing
Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure are the giants of cloud computing, but which offers better enterprise-class services? Find out how they compare by feature and cloud service type. [...]
Thu, Dec 18, 2014
Source: Network Computing
In today's data centers, firewalls and other stateful security controls can be less effective than stateless controls or a hybrid approach combining both. [...]
Thu, Dec 18, 2014
Source: Network Computing
University of California Berkeley researchers have created a pulse oximeter, commonly used to measure heart rate and blood oxygen levels, using all organic materials instead of silicon. The advance could lead to cheap, flexible sensors that could be used like a Band-Aid. [...]
Thu, Dec 18, 2014
Source: Cybernetics News
In “The Troll Hunters,” Adrian Chen writes, “Old-school hate is having a sort of renaissance online, and in the countries thought to be furthest beyond it. The anonymity provided by the Internet fosters communities where people can feed on each other’s hate.” [...]
Thu, Dec 18, 2014
Source: MIT Tech Review - Computing
A group of journalists and researchers wade into ugly corners of the Internet to expose racists, creeps, and hypocrites. Have they gone too far?We’ve come up with the menacing term “troll” for someone who spreads hate and does other horrible things anonymously on the Internet. Internet trolls are unsettling not just because of the things they say but for the mystery they represent: what kind of person could be so vile? One afternoon this fall, the Swedish journalist Robert Aschberg sat on a patio outside a drab apartment building in a suburb of Stockholm, face to face with an Internet [...]
Thu, Dec 18, 2014
Source: MIT Tech Review - Computing
Future technology will be more intelligent and more living than most people can imagine today. We need clear guidelines on how to implement and use technology, or else citizens will lose their rights to their identity and their life. This is the prediction by Danish professor and expert in artificial life in a new international book about the future of technology. [...]
Wed, Dec 17, 2014
Source: Cybernetics News
12-12-2014NASA researchers, including some from JPL, will present new findings on a wide range of Earth and space science topics next week at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco. [...]
Fri, Dec 12, 2014
Source: JPL / NASA News
12-09-2014New low-power spectrometer processor chip capable of detecting trace gases. [...]
Tue, Dec 09, 2014
Source: JPL / NASA News
12-09-2014You may know opals as fiery gemstones, but something special called OPALS is floating above us in space. [...]
Tue, Dec 09, 2014
Source: JPL / NASA News
12-09-2014An innovative robot developed at JPL will perform several disaster-relief tasks in next year's DARPA Robotics Challenge finals. [...]
Tue, Dec 09, 2014
Source: JPL / NASA News
VMware's Virtual SAN 1.0 combines easy setup and management with high availability and high performance -- and freedom from traditional storage systems [...]
Wed, Aug 20, 2014
Source: Computerworld RSS
AMD said Tuesday that it will sell three 2.5-inch SSDs manufactured by enthusiast house OCZ, allowing AMD to offer high-speed storage alongside microprocessors and graphics chips. [...]
Tue, Aug 19, 2014
Source: Computerworld RSS
Small businesses are growing up when it comes to data, investing in bigger and smarter storage systems that can be shared among PCs, tablets and smartphones. [...]
Fri, Aug 15, 2014
Source: Computerworld RSS
Dell is organizing the backup software products that it has acquired in the past two years into a coherent portfolio, bundling three of its storage software products into a single package to simplify licensing for the enterprise. [...]
Tue, Aug 12, 2014
Source: Computerworld RSS

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Cyborg

A cyborg, short for “cybernetic organism“, is a being with both organic and artificial parts. See for example biomaterials and bioelectronics. The term was coined in 1960 when Manfred Clynes and Nathan S. Kline used it in an article about the advantages of self-regulating human-machine systems in outer space.[1] D. S. Halacy’s Cyborg: Evolution of the Superman in 1965 featured an introduction which spoke of a “new frontier” that was “not merely space, but more profoundly the relationship between ‘inner space’ to ‘outer space’ – a bridge…between mind and matter.”

The beginning of Cyborg creation began when HCI (human-computer interaction) began. There is a clear distinction between the human and computerized technology in HCI, which differs from cyborgs in that cyborgs act out human functions.

The term cyborg is often applied to an organism that has enhanced abilities due to technology,[3] though this perhaps oversimplifies the necessity of feedback for regulating the subsystem. The more strict definition of Cyborg is almost always considered as increasing or enhancing normal capabilities. While cyborgs are commonly thought of as mammals, they might also conceivably be any kind of organism and the term “Cybernetic organism” has been applied to networks, such as road systems, corporations and governments, which have been classed as such. The term can also apply to micro-organisms which are modified to perform at higher levels than their unmodified counterparts. It is hypothesized that cyborg technology will form a part of the future human evolution.

Fictional cyborgs are portrayed as a synthesis of organic and synthetic parts, and frequently pose the question of difference between human and machine as one concerned with morality, free will, and empathy. Fictional cyborgs may be represented as visibly mechanical (e.g. the Cybermen in the Doctor Who franchise or The Borg from Star Trek); or as almost indistinguishable from humans (e.g. the Terminators from the Terminator films, the “Human” Cylons from the re-imagining of Battlestar Galactica etc.) The 1970s television series The Six Million Dollar Man featured one of the most famous fictional cyborgs, referred to as a bionic man; the series was based upon a novel by Martin Caidin entitled Cyborg. Cyborgs in fiction often play up a human contempt for over-dependence on technology, particularly when used for war, and when used in ways that seem to threaten free will. Cyborgs are also often portrayed with physical or mental abilities far exceeding a human counterpart (military forms may have inbuilt weapons, among other things).

 

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