User:Emily/Thematic Project/Trimester 03/10

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short for cybernetic organism
theoretical or fictional being with both organic and biomechatronic parts
coined in 1960 by Manfred Clynes and Natham S. Kline
"inner space" to "outer space" -> mind and matter
!= bionic
the term has been applied to networks, such as road systems, corporations and governments
also apply to micro-organisms

List of examples:

human with an artificial cardiac pacemaker (measure voltage potentials in the body)
cochlear implants
human-technology mixtures?? phones, computers, internet?? (pen, paper, speech, language)
Cybernetic technologies include highways, pipes, electrical wiring, buildings, electrical plants, libraries, and other infrastructure that we hardly notice, but which are critical parts of the cybernetics that we work within.
contact lenses/ hearing aids/ intraocular lenses (humans with technology to enhance their biological capabilities)
the full term "cybernetic organism" is used to describe larger networks of communication and control
A corporation can be considered as an artificial intelligence that makes use of replaceable human components to function.


Bruce Sterling's notion of Lobster --> looks inhuman externally but contains a human internally
Cyborg: Digital Destiny and Human Possibility in the Age of the Wearable computer