Thesis – Cyborgs. Define


At the moment for my thesis theme I’ve decided the work will be based on Cyborgs. However, the first problem is to clearly define ‘Cyborg’. Relatively easy you would think . . . but alas there are two schools of thought and i’m in the middle.

1 – define a cyborg in a traditional sense, humans/organisms with cybernetic prothesis. My design project would/could be a hospital for people requiring prosthetic adjustments/additions. Mechanical limbs ranging from arms, legs, etc. to mindware upgrades such as mobile phone/television chips implanted in the brain and user interfaces read directly from the primary visual cortex. The hospital would/could be located in Canary Wharf (Canada Square) but how that ties in with time machines and the DLR i’m at a loss to justify.

In this case the thesis would focus on technological advancement. At what point is too far, too much. Theory based project evaluating the morals/vanity/materialistic/greed of humanity in the 21st century.

2 – define a cyborg as a corporation/an entity. Canary Wharf the organism and humans the prosthetic. Humans are replaceable, interchangeable, manufactured to work, conditioned to function. What the design project will be i don’t know. But this is more in line with the kind of thesis topic i want to cover. Looking more at areas discussed by Adam Curtis in ‘the Power of Nightmares’ and Frederic Jameson in ‘Postmodernism, or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism’.

Is it possible to do both? Design a building – the hospital. Design user interfaces as mentioned earlier. Write a thesis about humans being mass-produced, abused and tossed on the scrape heap.

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