What is a Cyborg?


By definition, a cyborg is described as: a person whose physiological functioning is aided by or dependent upon a mechanical or electronic device. (dictionary.com) and the word originated in the 60s: 1960–65; cyb(ernetic) org(anism).

Another useful definition is: a fictional or hypothetical person whose physical abilities are extended beyond normal human limitations by mechanical elements built into the bodyNote how the word fictional or hypothetical is still attached to this.  How long will it be before this is reworded?

The process of cybernetics is defined as: The science of communications and automatic control systems in both machines and living things. source  

Googling the term cyborg usually conjures up a plethora of dystopian looking images where anything natural or organic has been ravaged by technology.  But let's spend some time looking at the phenomenon of cyborgs in more detail to better support our understanding of this term which will become more widespread in the next 20-20 years...

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the history of cyborgs

Dating from 1569, Humani Victus Instrumenta: Ars Coquinaria is a copper engraving which embodies the concept of what a cyborg could be: a human made from mechanical components.