I/O

To be alive in the developed world in 2015 is to be situated within a stream of data that flow both in and out of one's body. Some people are trying to upgrade their input/output ports to let those data flow more freely. By building digital interfaces into their nervous systems, grinders are blurring the boundary between human and machine -- and raising some difficult questions about the nature of consciousness.

Notes

Grindhouse Wetware

Sally Bartel, Spotted Dolphins Echolocating and Eating

Lepht Anonym, "Cybernetics for the Masses"

Nanograms theme + original music by Josh Mobley (@joshmobleymusic).

Heartstrings

You’ve heard of the “Internet of Things,” right? Smart refrigerators that let you know when it’s time to pick up milk. Dryers that text you when your laundry’s done. WiFi-enabled thermostats and light fixtures you control from your phone… that kind of thing. 

What about internal organs?

Notes

Fighting for the Right to Open his Heart Data: Hugo Campos at TEDxCambridge 2011

Washington Post 10.21.13: Yes, Terrorists Could Have Hacked Dick Cheney's Heart

Nanograms theme + original music by Josh Mobley (@joshmobleymusic).

Panopticon Highway

Cyborg activists argue that ubiquitous video technology is displacing monolithic state surveillance with something more democratic: "sousveillance."

Cyborgization grants us new powers to monitor both the authorities and one another- what could possilbly go wrong? 

Notes

Insane Russian dashcam footage...

Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish.

David Shumway, Michel Foucault.

Steve Mann et al., "Sousveillance: Inventing and Using Wearable Computing Devices for Data Collection in Surveillance Environments." Surveillance and Society 1(3):331-355.

Nanograms theme + original music by Josh Mobley (@joshmobleymusic).

Other tracks heard in this episode:

Elvis Costello, "Watching the Detectives"

namelessnumberheadman, "Smoke and Mirrors"

Peekaboo

Visibility – seeing and being seen – is at the core of what it means to be a cyborg. 

It’s also a flashpoint in the emerging field of cyborg law.


Notes

Washington Post 2.26.14 Anti-Google Glass attack in San Francisco highlights tension over wearables

Rao RPN, Stocco A, Bryan M, Sarma D, Youngquist TM, Wu J, et al. (2014) A Direct Brain-to-Brain Interface in Humans. PLoS ONE 9(11): e111332. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0111332

Nanograms theme + original music by Josh Mobley (@joshmobleymusic).

Other tracks heard in this episode:

RJD2, "Ghostwriter"

smoking fox, "summer breeze / let it out (johnny_ripper remix)" (CC-BY-NC-SA)

 

Our Cell Phones, Ourselves

It’s not a new observation: mobile devices have become indispensable tools for modern life. And the relationship is getting to be more than just utilitarian. Increasingly, we identify with these devices – and the connections they effect – in deeply personal ways. It’s as though the technology has become a part of our selves.


Notes

Gallup: Most U.S. Smartphone Owners Check Phone At Least Hourly

Benjamin Wittes and Jane Chong, "Our Cyborg Future: Law and Policy Implications"

Nanograms theme + original music by Josh Mobley (@joshmobleymusic).

Other tracks heard in this episode:

ABSRDST, "Texting" (CC-BY-NC-SA)

Circus Marcus, "La tapa del jueves" (CC-BY-NC)