Tag Archive: cybernetics

Sci-Fi Short Glut – True Skin

A vibrant, loud, colourful and wicked sci-fi short set in Bangkok – a mid-future of neon implants and hot-swappable eyes.  Where ‘naturals’ are shunned and hated for the temporary, fragile, disease-ridden creatures they are, and anyone who is anyone is getting newer, better, sexier metal instead.  For one such neo-human, time is running out and he can no longer hide amongst the bustling markets and living streets of a city where everyone is for sale.

Cyber-Monkeys Love Marshmallows

No really, they do.  If you’re at all squeemish about certain kinds of animal testing, then this isn’t for you.  For everyone else, there are several more videos of monkeys with microelectrode arrays implanted in their brains, able to feed themselves marshmallows, or do other tasks, with various different attached robotic arms.

The University of Pittsburgh’s Motorlab is the source, and according to someone on Reddit, they’ll be trying human trials very soon, offering spinal cord injury patients the hope of controlling robotic arms of their own.  Of course, human trials are always very cautious, delicate, things, so don’t go expecting anime style neuro-plugged mech suits quite yet.

A strange, unsettling, confusing trailer for what appears to be a strange, unsettling, confusing sci-fi film.  0000 seems to have some serious religious overtones, but I suppose that’s to be expected in a film that looks to touch on transhumanism, identity, cybernetics and immortality.  Do those strange head plugs enable the equation scrawling genius we glimpse in the trailer, or do they tear the humanity from their distraught creator?

I suspect that the title, 0000, refers to the year nought in terms of human existence – but whether that’s the beginning of a new era (like 0AD) or the end of all that we know and understand – I suppose I’ll need to watch and find out.  (Seen over at io9.)