Saturday, September 18, 2004

Fish-brained robot

BBC News | SCI/TECH | Fish-brained robot at Science Museum

This is not exactly new, but back in November of 2000, there was a display at the Science Museum in London UK of a robot controlled by a lamprey brain.


Blogger Allison Muri said...

The question of how "mechanical" the body can get before the soul is lost, of course, is the crucial question in much of our literature on technological monsters of various sorts. A dominant theme in cyberpunk of the eighties was that the soul can remain, and the human can remain human as long as there is a house for the "spirit." We can see this idea as well in the anime Ghost in the Shell. Other representations in literature and film suggest that the cyborg merging of technology to human body creates evil monsters (as in Virus) because the soul has been compromised. It's a haunting question: I imagine that the more we see the organic body as mechanism, potentially continuous with the machines humans build (especially with the growth of nanotechnology) the more our literature will reflect a fascination of the question of how soul/spirit and mechanism co-exist within the material body.

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