[Cyborg] Deus Ex: Human Revolution Trailer

Sean Cusack sean.p.cusack at gmail.com
Fri Jul 22 18:00:10 UTC 2011

An interesting question...

As a chemist and a hacker, I would say...yes. Fo' sho. If I wasn't either of
these, I'd say no way.

Reason being - whatever the drug is, we could synthesize it. Organic chem
doesn't have much a place (yet) in hackerspaces, but its mostly because the
stuff that we could make that would be neat to hackers is more cheaply
bought than manufactured on a small scale (solvents). Some of the stuff
thats fun to make (booze), happens already! Enter a pill that would give you
access to a kick ass cyborg counterpart? Damn right I'd figure out how to
make that for cheap.

As for the hardware part about a company being able to turn off your eyes.
Well, why would you install them without rooting them first, duh!

I'm sort of aligning the points you brought up with the DRM debate today.
Has DRM actually fixed any problems? Nope. People just get around it.
Something tells me, people would just get around the "protection"
manufacturers put on their cyborg implants as well.

My $0.02 -

On Fri, Jul 22, 2011 at 8:12 AM, Eric Boyd <mrericboyd at yahoo.com> wrote:

> http://www.human20.com/dystopian-deus-ex-trailer-is-frighteningly-plausible/
> I don't normally play computer games, but I might get suckered into this
> one!
> Some of you might have read my post about the movie Limitless - there is
> a part in this trailer that really reminded me of it.  They talk about
> how in order to maintain your augmentations, you have to keep taking
> their drugs for the rest of your life (presumably it's some kind of
> immunino suppressant or something of that ilk), and how ultimately the
> manufacturers have the ability to "turn off your arms, turn off your
> eyes", which is rather terrifying.  There is also the particularly bad
> perverse incentive such companies would have to disable your natural
> limbs, e.g. via military action or police brutality.
> Would you get a (super strong, super fast, totally awesome) robotic
> cyborg arm, if it meant taking a moderatly expensive drug for the rest
> of your life, and the possibility that some corporation might decide to
> turn off your new arm at a critical time of their choosing?
> Eric
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