How robot technology that is advertised with technically insufficient propaganda numbers does make us truly angry [movie reference: HBO miniseries "Chernobyl"]
Sometimes, even a fictionalized docu-drama hits all the right notes.
Sometimes, even a fictionalized docu-drama hits all the right notes.
In one of his many videos, Alex Roy discusses style and coolness of automobiles with a TV show host. They establish that clearly, a car that transcends time in coolness and ultimate grunt has these two qualities:
While we wait for the self-imposed media hype to accompany the current deep societal misunderstandings that allow for "Cybathlon" to happen - an unbearably useless and utter waste of money inasmuch as most of the presented prosthetic arms there are concerned, not just because these arms are expensive but technologically wrong for any real physical work, perpetuating history since the times of the Carnes arm - we can refresh our minds with the ideas and attitudes of down to earth and real, socially well integrated people. Like, me : )
It is intriguing that overly massive media pressure can bring proponents of new ideas in prosthetics to crawl back.
If, as typical in prosthetic arms since over 100 years (e.g., Carnes Arm, or, Russian Arm), "new products" are hyped up to no end, this can be a logical result: expectation and reality differences are stretched until a snap occurs.
An upcoming conference seems to hit more precisely than any other contemporary "spectacle" - from body "hacking" (featuring people that quite simply wear stock item devices) over "workshops" where participants are filmed or photographed (but do not get systematic solutions to all aspects that are shown) to "bionic" limb featurettes - the subject at the very core of the current preoccupation of society with disability is not help or support but focus. Support may only be part of making things appear right.
Actual, true, and dedicated improvement or help is not rendered. It is at best shown as sugar coating, thrown in as minimal excuse, offered as pretense, but not made a didactic or technical focus. We now need to delineate real work, real support from sugar coated symbolism that has different goals and purposes.
What is *featured* here - in that conference - is the "spectacle" aspect. What is featured in some odd "bionic" arm workshop is exactly that: they call it "help" - but they invite television to show how good they are and the focus is not on actual function but on "how it looks and appears to the public". They call it "support", but its main feature is a live stream of discussions on media channels all the while the hook remains the best prosthetic ever.
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On Tuesday May 31st, a discussion with the subject "prosthetic envy" took place organized by "Virtual Futures" in London (UK), allowing protagonists of our time to express their views.
Within the riddles, toings and froings of faked disability and disfigurements in cinema, there are rare highlights.
Deadpool, best movie quote.
Prosthetic advancement knows no limits. Chinese high quality manufacturing has reached new heights both in computer [link] and automotive technology [link]. With that, rapid prototyping with advanced laser sintering [link] has reached unprecedented new levels in arm prosthetics [link].
Cocreat 3D now sets out to print prosthetic arms/hands. Great designs! And not just that.
Scott J. Grunewald at 3dprint presents a superbly written article that is extremely unusual for its very authentic and clear content, far off the totally confused if not misguided direction that usual media hypes convey:
While working 3D printed hands and mechanical limb replacements have been getting a lot of attention lately, in reality they aren’t really for everyone or for every situation. Motorized prostheses are extremely expensive, require regular maintenance, and are considered by some people who do not have upper body limbs to be more trouble than they are worth. Many people who are missing arms or hands actually have multiple prosthetic devices for different situations, or even eschew them entirely. Additionally people often assume, if someone is missing a limb or has any sort of noticeable disability, that something happened to them when in actuality it often it is something that has been part of them since birth. The automatic assumption that missing a limb makes someone broken and needs to be fixed is frankly a rather onerous one and it is high time that the behavior be addressed. The fact is, most disabled people don’t have the luxury of “fixing” their disability and rightly resent the implication that they are required to do so. Subtle forms of ableism like excessive displays of pity of being inspired by someone with a disability because they “manage” having a disability can often be rather demoralizing and actually have the opposite intended effect. Whereas someone choosing how to present and acknowledge their disability is actually an important personal statement that shouldn’t be taken from them. So while 3D printing is giving an entire generation of people access to useful and affordable prosthetic and assistive devices, it has also given them the ability to define the nature of their device and customize it to their personal needs. And because 3D printing is so inexpensive in comparison to traditionally manufactured prosthetics, it also offers the opportunity to consider personal aesthetics. It is that new freedom that has inspired a Colombian 3D printing business to create a series of 3D printable prosthetic devices designed to be seen and noticed. “We present a series of 3D printable passive prosthesis designed for upper limb amputees. We aim to make uncommon prosthesis that are not meant to be hidden but to be shown without shame,” explained designer and Cocreat3D CEO Esteban Velásquez Rendón. Cocreat3D is still in the prototyping phase of their design process and currently has only printed scaled down versions of the prosthetic devices, but they should be available soon. The prosthetic devices can be custom fit to the wearer’s arm using 3D scanning and 3D modelling technology, and of course be printed in any color or material desired. And given the wide variety of materials that are available, including metallics, neon, and wood, many of these designs could be quite striking. While Rendón’s devices will not be the first passive or decorative prosthetic limbs to be 3D printed, they are the first that seem to be aiming to create a line of products that can be adapted to any user, not designed for a specific person. And as the cost of 3D printers and materials continues to drop, small-scale, personalized manufacturing is made more accessible to almost anyone. 3D printing technology is leading to the democratization of design and manufacturing and having a very real impact on multiple industries and communities. And now a community that is often marginalized and forced to have their mobility, experiences, and lifestyles defined for them is being given the tools to take that power back for themselves, even in such small, seemingly insignificant (to those without disabilities) ways.
Easily, a myoelectric arm gets out of control.
But I liked the next one even better. And mine also has such tendencies. They are inherent to the technology. These things really have a mind on their own.
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The Real Humans TV series is a Swedish production that follows and highlights the existences if not lives of some normal people, of one person with a "bionic" brain implant to enhance his mental functions (see 'human enhancement'), of a few robots that are very human-like but yet restricted in what they can do, and of a few other robots that have achieved a rather far reaching likeness to humans through hacks or modified software that also is considered illegal. To complicate matters further, the story plot contains violence, it contains robot viruses that infects them and renders them dangerous and unpredictable and it contains digital clones - robots that contain parts of the brain content of real people, and that mimic these real people to a degree - alongside with real people that at times dress and act as robots, as well as real people that prefer to have (deviant) sex with robots rather than with humans. The series is brimming with variations under the "people versus robot" theme.
With that, the TV series itself is one hell of an incredible watch.
It is far better than Dexter, Six Feet Under, Breaking Bad and Homeland in conjunction - in other words, this series is one hot mess. What and who is good and bad switches constantly. But that aside, a few points are touched that also cover the area of prosthetic arms, possibly of "bionic" or also human like parts.
For those that will not want to wait, Amazon France has both seasons already ready to order, on Bluray with Swedish and French audio and French subtitles, to be shipped after May 2014:
Also (below), spoiler alert. You have been warned. Images Copyright (C) SVT Swedish Television.
Der geistig offenbar nun doch deutlich jenseits seiner Grenze tätige deutscher Fussballtrainer Frank Wormuth weist offenbar folgenden Zeitverlauf in seiner Karriere auf:
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The following idea of the Mimi Foundation is what makes this subject worth exploring:
"You know what I miss the most? Being carefree." Here is the sentence that inspired the "if only for a second" project. June 17th, 2013 , the Mimi Foundation in collaboration with Leo Burnett France, invited 20 cancer patients to participate in a unique makeover experience . This film shows the adventure.