Mark Fonseca Rendeiro
in Volkspark Friedrichshain
In his short story The Bicentennial Man, Isaac Asimov gives us his take on cyborgs and society back in 1966, which includes the statement “There is no right to deny freedom to any object with a mind advanced enough to grasp the concept and desire the state.” In 2015 the big debate may not yet be the one Asimov was imagining, but with the advent of so many devices and options to assist or enhance the human body, the idea of combining human and machines is very much a reality. And it isn’t just a matter of helping someone without legs to walk, or someone who can’t hear to hear, the reality we already have today is that technology is helping humans run faster, hear better, do things that vastly improve the abilities of a human. Many may recognize this phenomenon by one name – cyborgism – or lets take the ism out of it.. cyborgs. This is no longer a work of fiction or fantasy, this is reality for anyone and everyone.
Today on the program we speak with Enno Park, a Berlin based Cyborg and Founder of the German Cyborg Society.
Other show related links:
- Cyborg Foundation in NYC
- Neil Harbisson talking at Re:publica13
- David Chalmers’ Tedx Sidney Talk
- Album art this week is courtesy of Donald Jusa on Flickr (CC-BY-2.0).