Tag: Bionics

robots are coming closer to us
Anthropomorphobia

Personhood Status for Robots

Beating your robot might get you in real trouble with legal authorities in the near future. Recently the European Parliament discussed the introduction of an “electronic personhood” for robots. As personhood describes the status of being an actual person, this decision raises big questions about equality, citizenship, legal and ironically, human rights for artificial intelligent machines.

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humanoid robot diver explores depths
Society of Simulations

Explore Depths from Your Chair

Over seventy percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by water. Yet, we mainly discover the land, since this is the part of the globe we inhabit. But since our body is not able to dive to the bottom of the ocean, we could send a super copy of ourself to explore underwater worlds. Stanford University developed OceanOne, a humanoid diving robot that creates a simulation of the underwater experience on land.

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Speculative designer Agi Haines' work focusses on (re)designing the human body, and speculates upon biomedical technologies to promising ends.
Augmented Bodies

Interview: Agi Haines, Speculative Artist Who Wants to Redesign the Human Body

Notorious for being “the Frankenstein of design”, transdisciplinary designer Agi Haines‘ work investigates the potential of our body as a raw material for our engineering fantasies and speculates on the impact of biomedical technologies on the human form. Through the production of realistic sculptures, Haines challenges the societal acceptance of technologically-driven bodies and questions “how our morbid curiosity for the viscera of life might affect the future of design, not only for the environment but also for us”, as she puts it. We recently spoke with her about body modification, science fiction, medical futures and more.

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Fellow Day, about the next nature project Next Senses
Augmented Bodies

Fellow Day 2016: Next Senses

If you could have another sense, which sense would you choose? Would you like to have the ability to sense electromagnetic fluctuations like sharks do? Would you prefer to hear the urban soundscape of WiFi signals? Or would you like an extra organ that regulates the usage and sensitivity of the senses you already have? Recently our NNN fellows, people from different disciplines working in and around the next nature theme, came together to explore the uncharted territory of a new project: Next Senses. How do we want to perceive the world? The world we live in has changed drastically over the ages, but our everyday means of perceiving it remained the same. Isn’t it time to reevaluate the way we access to the outer world?

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Silk Pavilion
Wild Systems

The Enlightenment Is Dead, Long Live the Entanglement

We humans are changing. We have become so intertwined with what we have created that we are no longer separate from it. We have outgrown the distinction between the natural and the artificial. We are what we make. We are our thoughts, whether they are created by our neurons, by our electronically augmented minds, by our technologically mediated social interactions, or by our machines themselves. We are our bodies, whether they are born in womb or test tube, our genes inherited or designed, organs augmented, repaired, transplanted, or manufactured.

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