Week 2 Summary – Emotional building in transhumanism

I am greatly inspired by James’s feedback about my blog inputs and also the TogetherTube tutorial session attended.  This week I am more focused on the relationship between human and technology, and how transhumanism can change our future.

Interestingly, the 3 youtube videos I have included this week all touched on emotional building for robots.  In Bioengineering a Perfect Human, it mentioned that people may use the advanced technology to make their body more “plastic and bionic to delay the adverse effects of ageing bodies” (Millier, V. 2011).  However, technology cannot (or can hardly) change someone’s emotions.

In Beyond Human: The Age of Androids, it is interesting to point out that robots are created by human, based on human and to understand human.  This is obviously an example of cybernetics, “the study of regulatory systems and self governing mechanisms” (Hayles, 1999.)

In the video Beyond Human: Emotional Robots, it introduced the “trend” of building robots now to focus on emotion expressions and interactions with human.  This is not only about receiving or executing work orders which are rather one way, but also exchanging feelings, emotions and ideas between humans and technology.  This makes me thinking about “Gumdrop” (one of the movies in TogetherTube tutorial class), who lives and interacts like humans.  She dreamed to be an actor and her voice and tone are like a real feminine person.



The line between human and machine is starting to blur

Imagine one day your robot at work can also demand the “robot rights” or labour law for robots.  The line between human and machine is starting to blur.  This is in the sense that “technologies are not ‘inhuman’ or apart from humanness, but are things integrated into people’s plans, projects and desires.” (Miller, V. 2011).  In the video, Dr. Anne Foerst, 34, a researcher at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the director of M.I.T.’s God and Computers project, commented that they are creating robots based on human to understand human.


Miller, V. (2011) Chapter 9: The Body and Information Technology, in Understanding Digital Culture. London: Sage. (e-reserve, pdf)

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February 01, 2017 at 04:38PM

Robots are now emotionally focused to interact with human

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February 01, 2017 at 04:24PM

Bioengineering a Perfect Human



The Youtube video was about defining of perfection and how people can considerably change themselves to be closer to perfection with technological support.  It mentioned names such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Justin Bieber who are well known to have appealing faces, and certain people will look for plastic surgery solutions to look for better appearance.

With the “increasing technological mastery of bodies, especially within the medical sciences” (Miller, V. 2011), people may look for not only external but also internal “perfection”.  An example which the video quoted is Angelina Jolie to have removed ovaries and breasts when she was found with the health check result in a high risk of cancer.

The video also mentioned that even technology can achieve “external and internal” perfection, it is still a long way to go for improving someone’s behavior with technological advancement.

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February 01, 2017 at 04:10PM