Friday, August 31, 2012
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Okay folks it's Sunday once again so that means it's time for another edition of Cyberpunk Sunday. I mean what else is Sunday important for besides science and cyberpunk right? This time we have a couple looks at the world of cybernetics and another one at corporate controlled government agencies. So sit back, relax and follow the links along.
Cyborg America biohackers and grinders
Man builds his own bionic hands
Now we have a guy over in China who lost both hands in an accident. Problem was he was poor and couldn't afford prosthetic replacements which put him in a really bad place when providing for himself and his family. So what else is there to do but build your own. This guy proves that low tech can be made in the basement and work. Maybe not as good as the high end high cost versions but they have allowed him to continue with his way of life.
Watch out for the Brand police
A bit of an older article that came out before the 2012 Olympics started. How about police who sole job is to go an make sure local shops were not breaking any 'rules' that were mostly set up by corporate sponsors of the games? Well that's what the UK got. They even went as far as having a list of words that shops could not use in their stores. Words like 'gold', 'silver', 'gold', 'London' and even 'summer'. Yeah that's the corporate greed cranked up to eleven that it has to crack down on anything they feel faintly threatening to their profit margins. Corporate control in the ranks of the police.
Saturday, August 18, 2012
This Sunday we are getting three links that are more geared to the biotech range of things. The three links below show some amazing leaps in the technology and a bit of dreaming on where they may lead. Gives you much to think about. That and all three have something to do with mice or rats.
Artificial wombs that allow us to grow human embryos have been a pretty good staple in a lot of scifi type fiction. Even one episode of the old show Max Headroom uses the idea (Baby Growbags). So of course there would be those working to make these things a reality. So far they've had success in created these wombs to grow mice embryos and they aren't stopping there. One day we may have people who have a birth tank instead of a normal mother and father.
Brain in a dish flies plane
Biological brains at the center of a drones controlling their flights. This is another one starting to take form in the world of science. This time they've made a small brain using rat neurons, basically grew it over a electrode grid. Evidently they've already got it hooked to a flight simulator and the thing is controlling some very basic functions. But the possibilities of what this could lead to is staggering to thing about.
Artificial Jellyfish made from rat cells and silicone
This one is a few weeks old but I had to include it. Using the ingredients of rat heart muscles and a thin silicone film they have created a jellyfish like creation that can pump itself through the water when it is given an electric current. Now the thing isn't an actual fully living creature but the steps in that direction are present. Plus it also shows just how much you can stretch and use the various bits of a creature to create something completely unlike it.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Todays Cyberpunk Sunday will take a look at society, how various tech advances affect it, where it may be going and other such musings. Let's get started shall we?
Twitter rumor increases oil costs.
How about a rumor affecting the global cost of products? Because this is exactly what happened. A rumor that spread like wild fire through twitter and then various other social networks helped to spark a panic that led to a global increase in the price of oil. The rumor itself was that the president of Syria had died which would have led to more instability in the Middle East. Eager to jump on anything that could be used as an excuse for a price hike the speculators quickly got the price of oil to jump by more than a dollar a barrel. All over a bit of bullshit.
Hacker wipes out Wired reporter
One of the staples of the cyberpunk movement, fiction and ideology is the hacker. This time one who smooth talks his way through a few hurdles to get a reporters private information and then goes on a deletion spree with his stored information. The Wired reporter got a quick lesson on how in-twined all of our various arms in the net are and if one is broken down then it can usually give them access to others.
This wonderful little website takes a look at the buying and selling of politicians in the US. How simply they can just buy their opinions and stances on various issues. Nothing like a whole lot of corporate corruption in the law makers of the 'free' world is there? They even name victims and perpetrators in this ongoing lesson of how much people will sell themselves for.
Finally a very well written little blog article on the signs of our own growth into a cyberpunk world. Starting off mentioning a roleplaying game idea and then quickly moving off into actual real world details about the way things are going and where they may end up. Not to mention a list of references at the end to top it off as a way more professional article than what most online 'news' sites ever offer up.