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Cyborg within a world that is close to us

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While most of us talking about science fiction cyborgs with a post contemporary world setting, I just wish to show you guys a cyborg within a world that we live in, much more realistic, much more cruel, with a more humanic feeling – IRON MAN.

Iron Man was created by Marvel Comics, nearly 50 years ago. The creators wishes to use Iron Man to discover through the cold war theme at the time. Tony Stark, the genius behind the Iron Man suit is to thought as an ideal icon of the American’s inventor. He is rich, he is smart, and he is a lady’s man. And he also supports the US government by providing weapon developing technologies and products to use against the communism at the time. With the time goes into 21st century, the concept of Iron Man has to be modified in order to capture the taste of the modern world. Therefore we see terrorists and corporate crime masterminds inside the movie adoption of the comic.

Although Iron Man is a super hero, he is born human, with no super powers, only uses his brain and mix the ideas with state of the art mechanicals and extra funds. 😀


Written by superdioplus

September 30, 2008 at 8:55 am

whimsically amazing – robotic sculpture by Golan Levin

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check out Double-Taker (Snout) by Golan Levin – presented at Robot250. What is most intriguiging about this work is the way in which it works with its audience – or the audience’s perception, respectively. Why, you think, do we find this ‘worm’ to be so strangely alive and whimsically engaged? *P

Written by betarosa

September 30, 2008 at 7:30 am

crazzy robot news

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check out the robot posts on the Gizmodo blog – also note the cultural bias of the comments! *P

robot spider

robot spider

Written by betarosa

September 25, 2008 at 8:34 am

assignment 2: electronic artwork concept proposal

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In a comment further below, Hide has raised some important questions on the electronic-artwork-assignment: “Should we create a real divice of the artwork or only a model/mock-up (appearance of the divice)? If we create a mock-up, should we only explain verbaly “how it works” in the presentation?”

We will certainly talk about this assignment task in class again (week 10). Meanwhile, please note: You are asked to develop a concept proposal, including [a] a description of the work, [b] a fictive scenario (narrative) that describes how the work interacts with the world and/or people, as well as [c] a technical scheme and [d] at least one visual/sonic mock-up (made in illustrator, photoshop, sketchUp, MaxMSP, …).
That is to say that you will not actually have to produce this piece and that its underlying technology can be partly fictive, too. You will need to be able to *imagine* it (see or hear it inside your head) and to describe it to us in the form of sketches (visual and/or acoustic); also including a technical scheme that shows (possibly invented) technical details.

Last year, for instance, someone presented the “Ultimate Universal Remote Control” that would control all aspects of our environment. This proposal showed the functionality of the remote control together with an elaborate narrative of how it could be used (and not be used) by different classes of people. So the proposal included the design of a device and a kind of political economy of Universal Remote Control, if you will.

And this is the most important point of this assignment: Your installation/performance/game needs to develop a critical scenario that involves participants in a negotiation process and, ideally, can provoke shifting of viewpoints. It is not about developing or showcasing a specific technology but about the social scenario and the politics involved. Similarly to the story format of our essay assignment, you are welcome to interpret the format (“artwork”) very subjectively – I dare you to push (your) boundaries, to overstep them, and to propose something perhaps slightly crazy or even outrageous! best *P

Written by betarosa

September 25, 2008 at 1:52 am

Incredible Cyborg Technology!!

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Here is an incredible cyborg robot technogy. I’m thinking to use this kind of technology in my sci-fi essay. A human is wearing a robot suit which can expand and improve physical capability five times stronger!! It is made by Cyberdine. The wearer does not feel heavy at all. Surprisingly,  HAL can even work in the snow at 4000 meters height!!

Application field of HAL is expected rehabilitation and physical training support, heavy work support(e.g., factory), rescue activity in disaster site and so on.  For example,  HAL is used by people with weakened muscles and by some people with disabilities due to stroke and/or spinal cord injury. The latest battery runs for 5 hours under normal activities.

Watch this video!!

Written by hideyukidesign

September 23, 2008 at 1:19 pm

Metropolis Torrent

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Metropolis Torrent (Surely the movie is public domain by now)

AÑO 1927
DURACIÓN 120 min.
PAÍS [Alemania]
GUIÓN Thea von Harbou
MÚSICA Película muda
FOTOGRAFÍA Karl Freund & Günther Rittau (B&W)
REPARTO Gustav Frölich, Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Fritz Rasp, Theodor Loos, Heinrich George

Ciencia-Ficción. Año 2026 / SINOPSIS: En una megalópolis del año 2000 los obreros viven en un gueto subterráneo donde se encuentra el corazón industrial con la prohibición de salir al mundo exterior. Incitados por un robot se rebelan contra la clase intelectual que tiene el poder, amenazando con destruir la ciudad que se encuentra en la superficie… pero Freder (Gustav Frölich), hijo del soberano de Metrópolis, con la ayuda de la hermosa María (Brigitte Helm) de origen humilde, intentarán evitar la destrucción apelando a los sentimientos y al amor.



Written by schappim

September 23, 2008 at 9:48 am

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The original 2nd Life? Westworld

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Hi All,

Can’t remember which week we discussed 2nd Life but since last Tuesday have been a mammoth DVD marathon, frantically trying to cover as much ground as possible in preparation for our final submissions.

Apart from the class recommendations which I will discuss in later posts, I came across this DVD from the 70s when trying to make up my 10 for $15. I remember seeing it as a kid but didn’t quite get it.

Anyway Westworld is about providing a real world “2nd Life” in a US vacation resort called Delos. It features 3 worlds of the past where you can live out every fantasy.

Roman World: Lusty, decadent delights of imperial Pompeii.

Medieval World: Chivalry and combat in 18th century Europe.

West World: Lawless violence on the american frontier of 1800.

Each world is maintained by reliable computer technology, and peopled by life like men and women until…

Well you will have to watch it:

It has some similariries between the essence of what the creators of the online 2nd Life are trying to create, but without the “real” death and sex factor. I wonder if 2nd Life creators are aware of this film?

Written by neva3548

September 23, 2008 at 7:43 am