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cyborg mani March 27, 2009

Posted by andiroo in cyborgs.
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When one looks at a cyborg, there are multiple features about it that stand out above all else – the integration of machine (the inorganic) with human flesh (the organic) is one of these phenomenons.  But what really is the essence of a cyborg, and, how do we establish these boundaries?  What is clear is that a cyborg is not human – and thus, they are not subject to the entirety of the human being.  By this, I most nearly mean that as far as emotions go or the way in which they think, there is an easily identifiable alteration.  Each and every day we become more and more attuned the the use and reuse of machinery to do our bidding, and we have almost reached a point in which there is some sort of permanent bonding between us.  We do this without hesitation (in most cases) and without reluctance, and slowly we are redfining ourselves and what a cyborg are. 

            The cyborg is the epitome of dualism and dichotemy, it is not prone to the weaknesses of man’s flesh (at least in to the extent in which we are) and it is not prone to the inability to feel emotions, as is a robot.  One great example of how cyborgs and humans can coexist is the movie Appleseed: Ex Machina in which we are presented with a world where cyborgs (altered humans), bioroids (constructed humans) and plain old humans (driving mecha-like things) can coincide – they are able to look over the petty differences that would normally isolate them from one another.  What are these petty differences though?

            I propose that, in order to be classified as a cyborg, there are three major areas in which and alteration must take place.  The first, as noted above, is the independence of this entity on mere human flesh – be it a human altered by machines, thus empowering him/her more than they would normally be, or, an android that is entirely free of flesh.  This “free of flesh” notion is critical in establish the physical being of a cyborg, but also the mental being of one – for they may very well never die, or at least, die in simple ways like we (disease, poision, etc.).  Second, is the absence – or cutback – of sexual identity.  Surely a cyborg may have feelings towards another being, but in absolute truth, love and sexual desire are a human (and animal, in some cases) product, and thus since the cyborg is not human, cannot feel the same desires as us.  This is normally best represented through the lack of flesh idea.  Lastly, is through experience.  Humans experience life in a rather tragic way – we see, we feel, and we learn (mostly through our mistakes, I can back that one) but the cyborg is different – since they are subject to a less variety of emotions, physical and mental stresses they experience what we consider the “human life” in a totally different way.

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