Monday, 11 February 2013

Prosthetics, Robotics and Remote Existence: 
Post-Evolutionary Strategies 

1. OBSOLETE BODY. It is time to question whether a bipedal, 
breathing body with binocular vision and a 1400~~ brain is an 
adequate biological form. It cannot cope with the quantity, 
complexity and quality of information it has accumulated; it is 
intimidated by the precision, speed and power of technology and 
it is biologically ill-equiped to cope with its new 
extraterrestrial environmment. The body is neither a very 
efficient nor a very durable structure. It malfunctions often and fatigues quickly: its performance is determined by its age. 
It is susceptible to disease and is doomed to a certain and early 
death. Its survival parameters are very slim -it can survive 
only weeks without food, days without water and minutes without 
oxygen. The body's LACK OF MODULAR DESIGN and its over-reactive 
immunological system make it difficult to replace malfuncting 
organs. It might be the height of technological folly to 
consider the body obsolete in form and function, yet it might be 
the highest of human realizations. For it is only when the body 
becomes aware of its present position that it can map its post- 
evolutionary strategies. It is no longer a matter of 
perpetuating the human species by REPRODUCTION, but of enhancing 
the individual by REDESIGNING. What is significant is no longer 
male-female intercourse but human-machine interface. THE BODY IS 
OBSOLETE. We are at the end of philosophy and human physiology.