CONCEPT: CYBORGS

As a devout science fiction fanatic, I have always been fascinated by the idea of combining man with machine.  In many ways, cyborgs make me think of Kurzweil’s theory of transhumanism in which humans would eventually evolve into machines or transfer their consciousness into a computer system.  When I developed Cyber Shadow’s character, I wanted to create my own cybernetic character.  However, as advanced as this technology may sound, there are bound to be a few defects.  One example would be that the organic components of the cyborg would reject the robotic parts just as a metal plate can be rejected by a person’s body.  Another example is that there would be a chance that the cyborg’s only senses would be seeing and hearing while their remaining senses would be either gone or diluted.  A third example would be that the cyborg may not require food because they may not have either a mouth or digestive system, but would have the subconscious need to feed, which would result in constant hunger that they could never satisfy.  While depicting Cyber Shadow, I tried to illustrate on the psychological impact these defects can have on him.  In Cyber Shadow’s case, the only organic component in him is his brain, so when his brain is implanted into his robotic body, his brain suffers considerable mental strain as it struggles to adapt to its new physical conditioning.  Before he became a cyborg, Cyber Shadow was a sadistic school bully who was already mentally unstable and the defects of his cybernetics only exacerbates these traits.  With these flaws in his psyche, I drew inspiration for Cyber Shadow’s personality from the bullies who harassed me throughout middle and high school and the disturbed android Roy Batty from Blade Runner, who was also a product of the inevitable mistakes that human technology would generate.  Overall, whenever one is developing new technology, they should be cautious about the effects it would have on the people they are trying to sell it to otherwise the consequences would be disastrous.

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2 thoughts on “CONCEPT: CYBORGS”

  1. You raise a great point here. People talk about cyborgs and the future of sentient computers as like this ultra-human with none of our weaknesses… Just like a human upgrade, but I think they would have their own brand of weakness too. Good job. What a great angle to look at it from.

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