I find it interesting that humans can be melted in together with machinery. The creation of a person and machine to create a super human is, in my opinion, quiet extradionary.

The combination of human and machine equals cyborg.

A cyborg is defined as ‘a being with both organic and biomechatronic body parts’. This was described by Manfred Clynes and Nathan Klein in 1960. Basically it is an organism that has restored function or its abilities enhanced due to an addition of an artificial component or technology that relies on a level of feedback.

For my digital artefact I will be investigating the history of cyborgs through to their current status. I will also include science fiction and entertainment based cyborgs such as the Terminator franchise.

To convey my findings and information I will use Youtube videos. This is because of 1, video based entertainment. And 2, to expand my skills in video making. Also using a video based platform will add to the cyborg ‘theme’. Almost as though seeing through mechanic eyes.


Cyborgs and Space“, in Astronautics (September 1960), by Manfred E. Clynes and Nathan S. Kline.


2 thoughts on “Cyborg

  1. Cyborgs have been shown in such varied and nuanced ways through media. I particularly enjoyed the cyborgs in Season 2 of Dollhouse, who plug information and expertise into their brains via USB. In Continuum, police officers are equipped with a number of cyborg enhancements. In Mortal Instruments, soldiers are given fear inhibitors to help them enter war.

    I’m really looking forward to watching how you use the video format of YouTube to show your research ‘through mechanic eyes’ – are you thinking point of view, or is that too humanistic an approach?

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