Borg Fest has compiled and annotated a list of cyborg-related videos that were posted to our Facebook page.
11/4/13 What’s Next: The Future of Prosthetics & Orthotics: Hanger Clinic, Inc. examines the technology of the future.
11/4/13 Hanger 150 Year Anniversary — Prosthetics, Orthotics & Rehabilitation: James Edward Hanger lost his leg above the knee in the first land battle of the Civil War. Hanger invented and patented the first articulating prosthetic knee joint, the start of a grand legacy of revolutionary healthcare innovations.
11/4/13 Meet Dreamer, The Humanoid Robot Getting Screentime With Mark Wahlberg In Transformers: Robots can do most tasks humans can do, including making cameos in movies. I’m not talking about Haley Joel Osment or Short Circuit — this time I’m talking about Dreamer, the humanoid robot created by the University of Texas Human Centered Robotics Lab, which will appear in Transformers: Age of Extinction.
11/2/13 Trying out Meta’s augmented reality glasses: Google Glass isn’t the only pair of high-tech glasses hoping to change the way we interact with the world. A start-up called Meta has introduced a pair of augment reality glasses. CNET’s Sumi Das tried on a pair.
11/2/13 Docomo Shows Glasses That Translate Foreign Languages Right In Front Of Your Eyes: Using a pair of Vusix smart glasses at the annual Japanese electronics trade show, CEATEC, Docomo unveiled an app that translates written foreign languages and overlays the digital translation on real world documents.
11/2/13 Aimee Mullins: My 12 pairs of legs: “Pamela Anderson has more prosthetic in her body than I do. Nobody calls her disabled.”
11/1/13 DIY human cyborg biohacks his own body with circadia implant: Imagine a future of cyborgs, where people are capable of augmenting and monitoring their bio-telemetry via an external interface or smartphone on-the-go. biohacker tim cannon has done just that by implanting a device he has designed known as circadia into his forearm. circadia is a computer capable of recording and transmitting biometric data to android-powered devices. conceived with the help of the team from grindehouse wetware, the cyborg transformation has given cannon full access to his body’s biometric data in real-time.
10/31/13 Cats away! Artist turns his dead pet into flying helicopter after it is killed by a car: Many animal lovers find it hard to part with their pets when they die. So when cat Orville, named after the famous aviator Orville Wright, was run over by a car, his artist owner decided to turn him into a permanent piece of artwork as the ultimate tribute by transforming him into a flying helicopter.
10/30/13 Cyborgs Я Us: Biohacking on the rise!: Whether you know it as biohacking or as grinding, the art of biologically enhancing yourself via technology has been on the rise for the last few years now. It’s not necessarily a new idea, per se, but the resources used for biohacking has certainly grown in the last decade, ultimately providing the likely prospect of giving birth to the world’s first real Cyborgs in the very near future! (FYI: I’d much rather you think of Ghost in the Shell‘s Motoko Kusanagi, than Star Trek‘s Borg, when it comes to biohacking.)
10/30/13 ‘This Week’: Dick Cheney’s Heart: Former VP talks about his heart transplant and his new book, “Heart: An American Medical Odyssey.” Borg Cheney opines on his life extension and Obamacare.
10/29/13 Prosthetic limbs as surrealist art : Sophie de Oliveira Barata at TEDxBrixton: Prosthesis designer Sophie de Oliveira Barata runs The Alternative Limb Project in London, a studio that designs unusual prosthetic limbs. From stereo legs to snake arms, Sophie’s project borders on surrealist art and Project crosses into the realm of surrealist art and is redefining the way we see prosthetics. Prosthetist Sophie de Oliveira Barata of the Alternative Limb Project shares three stories of amputees–a little girl, a rock star, and a soldier–and demonstrates the amazingly creative customizations that they wanted. For instance, the little girl wanted little drawers in her new leg to store stickers, crayons, pencils, and erasers. Our favorite is the steampunk James Bond arm featuring laser pointer, lighter, watch, and a magnetized telescoping antenna thing.
10/29/13 VIKTORIA MODESTA ‘Only You’: ”Only You” is Viktoria’s first debut single, to be released 28th May 2012 on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify etc.
10/29/13 Making Robots More Like Us: Humanoid Robots: Fully programmable robots were on display at the Humanoids 2013 conference in Atlanta. The goal is to enable them to work effectively and even autonomously in emergency situations.
10/28/13 Aimee Mullins: Changing my legs – and my mindset: In this TED archive video from 1998, paralympic sprinter Aimee Mullins talks about her record-setting career as a runner, and about the amazing carbon-fiber prosthetic legs (then a prototype) that helped her cross the finish line. A record-breaker at the Paralympic Games in 1996, Aimee Mullins has built a career as a model, actor and advocate for women, sports and the next generation of prosthetics.
10/22/13 At Home With…Viktoria Modesta: Due to a doctor’s negligence at her birth, Moskalova spent most of her childhood in and out of hospitals. This accident led to a lasting problem with her left leg. Her early interest in music lead her to studying piano, sheet music, and vocals at the age of 6 at a music school in Daugavpils. Moskalova moved to London with her parents in 1999. In 2007, she had a voluntary below-the-knee leg amputation to improve her mobility and safeguard her future health. Her physicality has become known for challenging the modern perception of altered beauty.
10/22/13 Unlocking New Applications For Telepresence: iRobot Ava 500 brings together iRobot’s autonomous robotic mobility platform with the Cisco TelePresence EX Series personal system to deliver a new level of collaboration for office environments and other facilities.
10/22/13 How Close Are We to Building a Full-Fledged Cyborg?: This week, social psychologist Bertold Meyer’s been traveling around the country with a contraption that looks like a cross between a Halloween mask and Johnny Number Five. It’s the subject of a new documentary by the Smithsonian Channel called The Incredible Bionic Man. Meyer makes for a great spokesman, since he was born without the lower part of his left arm and now wears a bionic prosthesis. He is, by definition, a cyborg—but only partially.
10/22/13 Rex: Britain’s $1M Bionic Man: A million-dollar bionic man complete with artificial organs, synthetic blood and robot limbs goes on display at London’s Science Museum.
10/22/13 Eyeglass-Mounted Computing Becomes Crowded Field As Glass Competitors Ramp Up: Google Glass has generated a lot of buzz, but the eyeglass-mounted, touch- and voice-operated computer is still not available to the general public. And while Google has hyped and beta-tested, competing “point-of-view” devices have begun to emerge. With competitors’ approaches ranging from conventional eyeglasses with an embedded video camera to goggles that allow users to manipulate three-dimensional holograms in the air, POV computing is becoming a crowded and diverse field in which Glass will have to compete.
10/22/13 US Army to Build Armored Talos Suit That Merges Man and Machine: The US Army recently put out a call for proposals to build a futuristic climate-controlled suit of armor that would make soldiers smarter, stronger, and tougher. As ever, it’s tempting to draw Hollywood comparisons—Iron Man, in this case—because they fire up the imagination and serve as a simple metaphor.
10/1/13 Rewired nerves control robotic leg: Video shows man walking and kicking a football with direct signals from brain.
9/25/13 Biohackers: A journey into cyborg America: The Verge’s Ben Popper explores the world of biohacking, where DIY cyborgs are pushing the bleeding edge of human enhancement. From basement labs to piercing shops, we investigate the “grinder” culture that hopes to merge man and machine. Shot and edited by Sam Thonis. Many of the body mods we’ve discussed so far are quite expensive and driven by the resources of the military, medical device, and pharmaceutical industries. This video provides a window into the world of biohackers who are often “piercers.” For some of them, cyborgic augmentation is just a step beyond piercing and inking. They bring up the interesting legal gray area where it’s still illegal to mutilate oneself or another. At Borg Fest, we hope to build a discussion around the subjective definition of mutilation. Is plastic surgery? No, but some say yes. Breast reduction? No, but some say yes. Circumcision? No, but some say YES. Female circumcision? Most Westerners say YES because culturally foreign to them. Piercing? Some say YES or it depends. What about DIY interventions such as implanting magnets or metal objects? TBD!!
9/25/13 Hugh Herr at TEDMED 2010: MIT’s Hugh Herr demonstrates the latest generation of robotic ankles… which he wears on both of his legs! Would Hugh Herr give up his bionic legs and go back to “normal” if he could? He says, “No!” because his cyborg legs are immortal, whereas the rest of him is not, in fact, his legs improve with time because they are continually getting software and hardware updates.
9/25/13 First mind-controlled bionic leg a ‘groundbreaking’ advance: Zac Vawter, 32, lost his leg in a motor bike crash four years ago. He is now part of a ground-breaking research study testing a high-tech thought-controlled bionic leg. NBC’s Nancy Snyderman reports. “It’s always a bummer taking it off at the end of the day…”
9/23/13 Cassidy Lynn Campbell, Transgender Teen, Named Homecoming Queen: Transgendering can also lead to a lot of body modifications–surgical and biochemical (hormones).
9/22/13 18-Year-Old Invents Exoskeleton Glove To Help His Grandma: Ioannou, who is from Greece, was hanging out with his grandma one day and noticed she had trouble grasping the remote control. She lacked in hand strength, grip, and manual dexterity, and couldn’t make the damn device do what she wanted (those of us with normal hand strength also have this problem, but instead of using a device to assist us, we usually just throw the remote across the room). Ioannou wanted to find a way to help her and other people with hand-related disabilities, so he came up with this wicked exoskeleton glove.
9/21/13 Flying eagle point of view: Remember that kestrel thought was captured because the Turkish army that it was a living surveillance drone?
9/19/13 Let Them Shoot Up: In Defense of Alex Rodriguez: Watch a history of A-Rod’s doping denials, revisions, and half-truths. “Drugs are bad, mmkay? Except when they’re not. Use a statin to reduce your cholesterol, an SSRI tolevel your moods, Viagrain the boudoir, Adderall to goose your SAT…that’s just being a responsible citizen. But use steroids andHGH and pep pills tomake yourselfrunfaster, jump higher, or grow stronger in pursuit ofOlympian perfection—well, that’s just wrong.”
9/19/13 The latest version of the LittleDog Robot: This is the more advanced version of this robot, created by the University of Southern California. The robot is completely autonomous and trained by machine learning algorithms. The video is real-time, i.e., not sped up.
9/19/13 Explore the Million Dollar Man | Smithsonian.com: The bionic man features an artificial heart capable of pumping 2.5 gallons of blood per minute. Is it a body or a vacuum cleaner? It’s amazing how far we’ve come. It’s amazing how far we need to go.
9/19/13 Ray Kurzweil — Immortality by 2045: Singularitarian Immortalist, Director of Engineering at Google, famous inventor, author of How to Create a Mind.
9/18/13 Celeste Corcoran Is Taking Her Life Back…One Step at a Time!: Celeste Corcoran, Boston Bombing survivor.
9/18/13 Double Amputee Snowboarding KJ Shreds: Kevin Johnson’s first snowboard outing with bilateral below knee prostheses!!
9/18/13 Humans, Cyborgs, Posthumans: Francesca Ferrando energetically, if not frenetically, shares her passion with accent.
9/18/13 IT IS WHAT IT IS: Once he learned to free his mind, he was able to free his body. This is the story of Jay Mayfield who chose amputation over the wishes of his doctor and family who urged him to keep his leg. The joy he expresses in the water is reminiscent of A Dolphin’s Tale.
9/17/13 Man with bionic hand talks about new opportunities: Nigel Ackland has famously asserted “I’d rather be a cyborg than a disabled man.”
9/17/13 Russian Billionaire Dmitry Itskov Plans on Becoming Immortal by 2045: Video presentation on 2045 Initiative as well as a clip from Ghost in the Shell.
9/16/13 The latest version of the LittleDog Robot: This is the more advanced version of this robot, created by the University of Southern California. The robot is completely autonomous and trained by machine learning algorithms.
9/16/13 MEET YOUR CREATOR – QUADROTOR SHOW: More borg art. Thanks Knut Graf for the link.
9/13/13 Wounded Warrior Dad Intro: Borgs have parents too.
9/11/13 Sue Austin | Profile on TED.com: Sue Austin’s underwater wheelchair, which she alternativey calls a power chair or portal.
9/5/13 Wearable computing poses opportunity, challenges: From outward-looking gadgets like Google Glass to wristwatch-like devices that sense what’s happening inside your body, the tech industry has turned its focus to wearable computing.
9/4/13 Oh Great: A Killer Swarm of Synchronized Quadrotor Drones: Wouldn’t these be awesome at Borg Fest?
8/28/13 ‘Bionic’ woman Claire Lomas completes London Marathon: Paralyzed woman becomes the first person to complete a marathon in a bionic suit, crossing the finishing line sixteen days after the race began.
8/27/13 Deus Ex: The Eyeborg: Two years ago EyeBorg did a documentary on this subject – to see just how close we were to creating Adam Jensen of Deus Ex. Would be awesome to see this new documentary and see how much has progressed in just two years.
827/13 The Insane and Exciting Future of the Bionic Body : Smithsonian Magazine spread from “i-limbs” to artificial organs, advances in technology have led to an explosion of innovation in the increasingly critical field of prosthetics. Includes video on “Million Dollar Man.
8/25/13 IEEE ISTAS 2010 @ UOW – Roger Clarke: “The Challenge of Cyborg Rights” Plenary address by Professor Roger Clarke, Australian National University, Australia.
8/23/13 Sports supplement designer has history of risky products: Let’s change gears (pun intended!) from prosthetic augmentation to another form of aug– performance enhancing drugs (PED), dietary supplements, and nutritional supplements. The benefits are clear–extra strength, endurance, more energy, more concentration, less inhibited, sexual vitality, hair growth, body sculpting (from gender reinforcement to gender reassignment!)–and controversial. Are the risks worth the benefits? We are reaching out to each of the parties mentioned in this piece to help you understand the complicated balance between consumer protection (ranging from truth in advertising to protection from unregulated, hazardous substances), free enterprise (freedom to conduct business without overbroad regulation based on arbitrary moral/ethical standards), and consumer demand (not all things consumers want are good for them–cigarettes, alcohol, sugar, trans-fats–and these are all legal)
8/21/13 Survival Research Lab Show, Austin Texas March 1997: It’s not going to be easy, but we’re dreaming about bringing Survival Research Labs back to Austin. Will you dream with us? To hear artist Mark Pauline comment on his vision and philosophy on man becoming machines, see this video of a San Francisco performance: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Survival-Research-Labs/127854000925 .
8/18/13 Compressorhead Ace of Spades: Preview of Compressorhead during band practise at the Robocross.
8/15/13 Cyborg Case YVR 2013: Amber Case: We’d like to welcome Nik Badminton who was the curator of Cyborg Camp YVR 2013 in Victoria. As we mentioned earlier, Amber Case would like to bring Cyborg Camp to Austin in 2014 as part of BorgFest. Nik has provided a link to several presentations at his Cyborg Camp. We’re thrilled that he’s joined us!
8/15/13 Over Consumption: Are these animals borgs, borgfood, or both? What about the workers? And the consumers? Did you get the impression that that guy was going to get his belly slit open like one of the hogs so that it could be emptied and he could continue consuming? The production line choreography reminded me of the Theramin orchestra, but the garb reminded me of Orlan’s surgical theater. So provocative!
8/9/13 ELYSIUM – Official Full Trailer – In Theaters 8/9: Matt Damonborg.
8/6/13 A-Rod’s early, ugly verdict in court of opinion: “We can make him stronger than he was.” That famous line comes from the opening sequence to “The Six Million Dollar Man” based on the book “Cyborg” by Martin Caldin. Today, cybernetic prosthetics are just some of the technologies available for human performance enhancement. Performance Enhancement Drugs (PEDs) is a category of augmentation not typically recognized (or respected), but we believe that this important discussion needs to be had. The witch-hunting, persecution, and exclusion of “pharmaborgs” from mainstream athletics is reminiscent of the endless cycle of defining what’s human, what’s white, what’s Aryan, what’s Greek and what’s NOT. At best, the purity tests are arbitrary and narrowly defined to protect a threatened status quo from a perceived or real threat. BorgFest athletic competitions will strive to eliminate prejudicial exclusion on the basis of arbitrary policy. We are concerned with who’s fastest and who’s strongest. Your humanity is a given.
7/31/13 Orlan – Carnal Art (2001) Documentary: As promised, here’s a link to the documentary that introduced me to Orlan, before I had read a single word about her. She provokes the discussions of body image, identity, beauty/aesthetics, feminism vs cosmetic surgery, body mod, body augmentation (she has implanted horns), elective surgery/mutilation, performance art, and on and on. Never did I realize that I’d ever get to meet her or that she’d one day spend the night in my bedroom! What an amazing mind to encounter and a true a cyborg!
7/30/13 First Porn Film Shot With Google Glass: Seattle-based adult app store MiKandi collaborated with adult entertainment media organization XBIZ to create and release a porn film shot with Google Glass, a first of its kind. Using MiKandi’s controversial Tits & Glass app, the two-way POV flick stars James Deen and Andy San Dimas and film concludes with a cameo by adult actor Ron Jeremy. A full un-censored version will be available soon at MiKandi.
7/25/13 Someone Invented Magic And It Is Freaking Us Out: NeverWet is a borgtechnology to be sure.
7/25/13 “Symphony No.9, Boogie” by Matryomin ensemble “Da”: Is it borg? I don’t know, but there’s something borgtaining about it, don’t you think? Is because they are all dress identically alike? Perhaps the headsets? If you think about it, an orchestra, while artful, is very machinelike in its makeup, control, and specialized functions.
7/25/13 Father and son marathon: A Son asked his father, “Dad, will you take part in a marathon with me?” The father who, despite having a heart condition, says “Yes”. They went on to complete the marathon together.
7/24/13 Deus Ex Live Action Trailer: Promotional video for cyborg video game.
7/20/13 How the Tesla Model S is Made — Behind The Scenes — The Window – Wired: Rebuilding the American auto industry with robotic employees.
7/20/13 CYBORG FOUNDATION | Rafel Duran Torrent: A short film about human augmentation, becoming a cyborg, and cyborg rights.
7/19/13 Amber Case: We are all cyborgs now: The Borgs are us. See Amber Case TED talk – we are all cyborgs now.
7/19/13 Closing Talk at 2008 Singularity Summit Emerging Technologies Conference: Jamais Cascio’s talk on “Brains, bots, bodies, and bugs”, and when says bugs, he’s not talking about insects.
7/16/13 Pacific Rim Sneak Preview: What’s a better mash-up than man and machine? Men and machine! I loved the bi-borg blockbuster Pacific Rim! Read more about it on Alien Cyborgs.
7/15/13 The race to create ‘insect cyborgs’: Why make tiny flying drones when you can fly real insects by remote-control? It could lead to a neuroscience revolution, explains Emily Anthes in an excerpt from her new book Frankenstein’s Cat.