Can ‘[c]yborg replication’ ever be ‘uncoupled from organic reproduction’? (Haraway 1991)
Haraway, D (1991) “A cyborg manifesto” from Bell, David; Kennedy, Barbara M (eds), The cyber cultures reader pp.34-65, London Routledge
Since ancient Greece and probably before we’ve always used metaphors drawn from our current technology to understand our bodies. From the time of Newton we thought of the body as an elaborate clockwork device, the industrial revolution brought us the steam engine and the body became a system of pressures and levers. Aleks Krotoski asks what metaphor prevails in the digital era and what shortcomings in our understanding accompany these analogies.
Producer: Peter McManus.
The Digital Human discusses the metaphor of the body as a machine. The understanding of the human body as mechanical is what has ultimately improved technology. Are human bodies a product of design or evolution? Is technology designed around us or does it evolve too?