Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Cyborgs Don't Have to have Stinky Feet

NanoHorizons Press Release | Imagine Shoes that Are Forever Odor-Free! NanoHorizons Unveils First Low-Cost Noble-Metal Nanoparticles in Organic Solvents
The antimicrobial properties of gold and silver nanoparticles will enable manufacturers to make odor-resistant socks, which raises a philosophical question: I don't buy the argument that using tools, wearing clothes, or simple non-cybernetic prosthetics (no matter how technologically sophisticated) defines the cyborg. But nanoparticles decimating microbes produced in or on human bodies, now that's different. There's no feedback, presumably, so the socks wouldn't create a strictly cybernetic, or "steered" organism. But still! This product would change human life as we know it.


Blogger Allison Muri said...

Ahh, it brings a tear to my eye too... imagine the newfound cyborgian freedom from the evil tyranny of the washing machine: you could wear that shirt indefinately (especially if little teflon nanoparticles repelled the stains of spilled coffee and booze and various fluids I'm too delicate to mention). Clearly, cyborg socks are also an issue of consideration in terms of the future cultural politics of homemaking.

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