The Prosthetic Impulse: From a Posthuman Present to a Biocultural Future

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Jul 282015
 
The Prosthetic Impulse: From a Posthuman Present to a Biocultural Future
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Prosthesis — pointing to an addition, replacement, extension, enhancement — has become something of an all-purpose metaphor for the interactions of body and technology. Concerned with cybernetics, transplant technology, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality, among other cultural and scientific developments, "the prosthetic" conjures up a posthuman condition. In response to this, the 13 original essays in The Prosthetic Impulse reassert the phenomenological, material, and embodied nature of prosthesis without dismissing its metaphorical potential. They examine the historical and conceptual edge between the human and the posthuman — between flesh and its accompanying technologies. Rather than tracking the transformation of one into the other, these essays address this borderline and the delicate dialectical situation in which it places us. Concentrating on this edge, the collection demonstrates how the human has been technologized and technology humanized.

The eclectic approach taken by The Prosthetic Impulse draws on disciplines ranging from gender studies, philosophy, and visual culture to psychoanalysis, cybertheory, and phenomenology. The first section, "Carnality: Between Phenomenology and the Biocultural" concentrates on the organic, describing a body that, by its very materiality, is always and already prosthetic. The second section, "Assembling: Internalization. Externalization," considers the technological qualities and peculiarities of prosthesis, raising questions about the ways in which film, photography, AI, drawing, and literature — representation itself — can be situated within the framework of a prosthetic discourse. Taken together, the essays suggest that prosthesis is material as well as metaphorical. "It is just a matter of pondering where the inelegant edges lie," the editors write, "and living them most wonderfully."

Biomechanics and Robotics

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Jul 252015
 
Biomechanics and Robotics

  • Amazing Science – Biomechanics: Robots with Super-Advanced Legs
  • Robotic Foot and Ankle Biomechanics Simulator
  • New Bionics Let Us Run, Climb and Dance | Hugh Herr | TED Talks
  • Snake Robots Technion Biorobotics Biomechanics Lab – Alon Wolf
  • Robotic hand in Ariel Biomechanics Center
  • Can a robot behave like me? Jaeheung Park at TEDxSNUSuwon
  • Summer Research: Walking Biomechanics
  • Robotic Home Rehabilitation System – Technion Biorobotics Biomechanics Lab
  • Biorobotics and Biomechanics Lab – Alon Wolf at Technion
  • Technion Robots — Snake, Worm, Wall Crawling, Algorithms, Multi Agent
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The science and technology of biomechanics and robotics promise to be some of the most influential research directions of the twenty-first century. Biomechanics and Robotics goes beyond the individual areas of biomechanics, robotics, biomedical engineering, biomechatronics, and biologically inspired robotics to provide the first unified textbook on the subject. It offers a "big picture" look at the state-of-the-art science and technology. With numerous figures, references, and exercises, the book presents a pedagogical introduction to a variety of topics, reviews historical developments, and gives up-to-date insights on modern-day biomechanics and robotics.