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Category: Objectification

BLUE LIGHT SPECIAL - Hammer use to hammer nails, with "bionic" prosthetic hand, poses tricky Catch-22 for Cybathlon 2020 [review]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - BLUE LIGHT SPECIAL - Hammer use to hammer nails, with "bionic" prosthetic hand, poses tricky Catch-22 for Cybathlon 2020 [review]; published April 20, 2019, 10:28; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=9594.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1573561782, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - BLUE LIGHT SPECIAL - Hammer use to hammer nails, with "bionic" prosthetic hand, poses tricky Catch-22 for Cybathlon 2020 [review]}}, month = {April},year = {2019}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=9594}}


The Cybathlon 2020 race rules confront us with two interesting Catch-22 aspects:

-hammering (if not other dangerous) activity that is not endorsed by "bionic" hand manufacturers

-use of damaged / perforated covers, not endorsed by Ossur [link]

A hammer, particularly a cheap or small one, even more so than a heavy dangerous "real" hammer, is an unlikely tool to use with an ~80 000 USD myoelectric "bionic" device that is specifically built to sustain only the lightest of work. And the subject of hammering, technically, as arm amputee with a prosthetic arm, has become relevant since the Cybathlon 2020 directors [link] have taken it upon themselves to make it a "discipline".

STOP - HAMMER TIME?

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Promembro - Schweizer Lobbyisten wollen Hightech-Prothesen "legalisieren"

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Promembro - Schweizer Lobbyisten wollen Hightech-Prothesen "legalisieren"; published December 16, 2018, 16:24; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=9017.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1573561782, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Promembro - Schweizer Lobbyisten wollen Hightech-Prothesen "legalisieren"}}, month = {December},year = {2018}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=9017}}


Auf ihrer Webseite behaupten Personen von Promembro, "Wir sind die Lobby der Prothesenträger/innen und schaffen ein Schweizer Netz, das auf den Schutz der Interessen der gesamten Prothesenträger/innen spezialisiert ist: Jugendliche und Ältere, Sportler und Nichtsportler, Aktive und Rentner, Kranke und Gesunde. Wir vertreten die Anliegen unserer Mitglieder sowohl bei der Bevölkerung als auch in Politik und der Verwaltung. Die Institutionen wie Procap oder Pro Infirmis sind zu gross, um sich der kleine Zahl der Prothesenträger genügend zu widmen." - Grundsaetzlich sind sie an einer Motion interessiert [link][link], an der Balthasar Glaettli und Roger Golay beteiligt sind.

Damit moegen diese Individuen glauben, wer immer sie seien - aber meine Interessen vertreten sie mit Sicherheit nicht. Sie sind niemals "die" Lobby. Da sie behaupten, sie schaffen "ein Netz", das die Interessen der "gesamten" Prothesentraeger vertreten, ist die Behauptung (oben) bereits bewiesenermassen falsch. Sie vertreten mit Sicherheit meine Interessen, insbesondere diejenigen, die ich relevant finde, nicht. Dazu fehlt es erwiesenermassen an Verstaendnis, und vor allem Respekt. Vielmehr verwenden sie die laengst abgeschmackte Piraten-Metapher, um werbewirksam auf sich aufmerksam zu machen.
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BLUE LIGHT SPECIAL: Pitch black cynicism in the Cybathlon 2020: "the role of a disabled person" [not funny]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - BLUE LIGHT SPECIAL: Pitch black cynicism in the Cybathlon 2020: "the role of a disabled person" [not funny]; published October 25, 2018, 23:02; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=8680.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1573561782, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - BLUE LIGHT SPECIAL: Pitch black cynicism in the Cybathlon 2020: "the role of a disabled person" [not funny]}}, month = {October},year = {2018}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=8680}}


"With that, visitors of the Cybathlon Experience (TM) can test the role of a disabled person" (können in die Rolle einer behinderten Person schlüpfen) (Oral presentation: "CYBATHLON – bewegt Mensch und Technik", 5.15pm–6.00pm, Dr. Roland Sigrist, Cybathlon, ETH Zurich, Raum E 1.2) -- I was there, one among the 8 people that made the audience of this "sold out" Cybathlon talk; amputees are there for "entertainment" (clearly one of the requirements written on a slide in the presentation) (ist es das, was wir als behinderte Personen spielen? eine Rolle, ja?).

After defining a remarkably strange prosthetic arm race, the makers of the Cybathlon 2020 now start to openly bathe us in their pitch-black cynicism.

Why? Pressing question.

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HumanXDesign - headbanging does not hurt if there is no wall [media idiocy]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - HumanXDesign - headbanging does not hurt if there is no wall [media idiocy]; published July 23, 2016, 17:03; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=6224.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1573561782, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - HumanXDesign - headbanging does not hurt if there is no wall [media idiocy]}}, month = {July},year = {2016}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=6224}}


"Augmentation is about looking to the future. The question isn't 'should we or shouldn't we' because it's absolutely going to happen. We're speaking at the first conference on human augmentation and cyborgs: HumanxDesign. What do you think?"

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Missing hand, hook, and perceived risk [sociology of fables leaking into modern day perceptions]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Missing hand, hook, and perceived risk [sociology of fables leaking into modern day perceptions]; published May 30, 2016, 22:40; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=4681.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1573561782, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Missing hand, hook, and perceived risk [sociology of fables leaking into modern day perceptions]}}, month = {May},year = {2016}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=4681}}


Fables and fairy tales carry narratives whose symbolism swaps over into apparently secular perceptions [1]. In other words, even societies that claim to be educated, enlightened and secular typically risk to follow myths - unless they take very specific care to not get trapped there.

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[1] S. White, "Severed Hands as Symbols of Humanity in Legend and Popular Narratives," , 2014.
[Bibtex]
@article{white2014severed,
  title={Severed Hands as Symbols of Humanity in Legend and Popular Narratives},
  author={White, Scott},
  year={2014}
}

Being human #voightkampff - nondisabled vs. disabled people [scenarios]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Being human #voightkampff - nondisabled vs. disabled people [scenarios]; published March 2, 2016, 18:11; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=5743.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1573561782, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Being human #voightkampff - nondisabled vs. disabled people [scenarios]}}, month = {March},year = {2016}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=5743}}


The mutual viewing of who of us when regarding each other is more, or less, human has a potentially big impact on societal cohesion.

Prosthetic arms today - at least inasmuch as the "bionic" arms hype is concerned - are by far a more societal than practical aspect, so these aspects play a massive role. Once even technical researchers give up honest technical work in their attempt to reach for the fame and society grapes, they start to attach themselves to a dynamic that is neither obvious nor cool. I already strongly advised arm amputees to abandon that social dynamic actively as not doing that will result in actual problems (link). But it starts smooth and nicely before escalating into what one might actually call "the Voight-Kampff chambers of hell of symbolic attribution in attempting mutual acceptance as human".

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Uncanny valley and its vicious impact on researchers, media and amputees [projected vision spaces]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Uncanny valley and its vicious impact on researchers, media and amputees [projected vision spaces]; published November 11, 2014, 18:42; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=3677.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1573561782, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Uncanny valley and its vicious impact on researchers, media and amputees [projected vision spaces]}}, month = {November},year = {2014}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=3677}}


Appearances and social effects are closely interlinked. As one example, clothes have always had a major impact on social interactions. Read a good book if this is new to you. Along the same lines, even appearances of cars, computers, gadgets et cetera are often heavily discussed. Manufacturers spend a lot of money for looks of consumer goods. If you want to buy a bicycle today, one selling point is the color being particularly robust - even though the frame cannot rust and the color is of really no practical use. So, appearances and social effects are a real thing these days. They create major ripples.

With that, re-enter the uncanny valley.

Appearances are the end-all-be-all for many aspects of prosthetic hands and arms. At first, every now and then, or whenever, you just do not want to stand out as arm amputee, and, with that, you want to look and be enabled. Appearance - looking inconspicuous, looking enabled - every now and so often are a prosthetic arm's sole raison d'etre. Also, and painfully so, that is where prosthetic hands and arms all die that sudden instantaneous all encompassing total death of utter failure. There is just no way to get this really right. Of course, no one ever made an uncompromising attempt at building a realistically appearing prosthetic hand, but then, that problem is intractable. Read a good blog entry about prosthetic arm appearance testing, if that is new to you.

As appearance requirements for prosthetic hands, wrist and arms are massive in their impact overall, it pays well to now dedicate some more attention to this aspect rather than considering the big picture [link].

Because if you cannot get the looks of your prosthetic arm right, you start out as the outcast no matter what. You may not end up there but that is a bit of the problem - negotiating back "apparent" competence. And so from that moment on, the deck of cards is dealt in a totally different way. Look at it like that: if I am already put into the awkward position to explain the ill disposition of my handicapped arm, total wreckage enabled hooks are a far better and plausible display of "enabled" than a high pitched stir of slowly animated fragile 70s B-movie appealing pansy boy hand. That is, if I am already put into that awkward position to explain that.

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Becoming part of the human background to "normal" people [gotta watch this]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Becoming part of the human background to "normal" people [gotta watch this]; published April 28, 2014, 14:45; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=2960.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1573561782, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Becoming part of the human background to "normal" people [gotta watch this]}}, month = {April},year = {2014}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=2960}}


One always wonders how people are set off against each other, how people distinguish themselves from other people, or more how they set themselves off from what they see as human background, from people that might be there but not quite. I would know, because being handicapped automatically zooms me to that "human background class" to a large number of people that formerly would address me as a person. And then they do not any more.

As the same happens with homeless people, as it appears, the following video is more than illustrative. It is also depressing, extremely sad, and super realistic.

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Äkta människor - Real Humans [TV series review; spoiler alert]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Äkta människor - Real Humans [TV series review; spoiler alert]; published February 19, 2014, 17:45; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=2813.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1573561782, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Äkta människor - Real Humans [TV series review; spoiler alert]}}, month = {February},year = {2014}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=2813}}


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.

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APART - von Sub- und Objekten. Ein Magazin ueber Koerper und Identitaet (Diplomarbeit, Doreen Haedicke, 2012, Fachhochschule Potsdam) [Text zur Arbeit]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - APART - von Sub- und Objekten. Ein Magazin ueber Koerper und Identitaet (Diplomarbeit, Doreen Haedicke, 2012, Fachhochschule Potsdam) [Text zur Arbeit]; published November 17, 2013, 19:37; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=2319.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1573561782, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - APART - von Sub- und Objekten. Ein Magazin ueber Koerper und Identitaet (Diplomarbeit, Doreen Haedicke, 2012, Fachhochschule Potsdam) [Text zur Arbeit]}}, month = {November},year = {2013}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=2319}}


Doreen Haedicke hat mit ihrer Diplomarbeit [1] eine sehr anspruchsvolle, aus Betroffenensicht hervorragend ausgerichtete Arbeit zum Thema des Koerperbilds geschrieben.

Dass das Thema Korperbild im Rahmen beschaedigter Koerper und im Rahmen der Hinzunahme prothetischer Hilfsmittel nicht trivial bleibt, erschliesst sich bereits zwanglos jedem, dem hierzu das Smalltalkvokabular fehlt.

Umsomehr erschliesst es sich jedem, der wie ich ueber dieses Vokabular verfuegt - denn das Thema ist gleichzeitig extrem oberflaechlich und aeusserlich, wie es unser innerstes zutiefst betrifft.

Wer nicht versteht, warum man eine Armprothese gleichzeitig wie einen eigenen Koerperteil braucht und bei dessen Versagen und Zerfallen entsetzt, mit Grausen, Wut und Trauer reagiert, und sie doch abgrundtief hasst, wer nicht versteht, wieso diese Gefuehle auch kein Widerspruch sondern bedeutsame Realitaet sind, der versteht von der sich stellenden Frage wenig. Ich koennte hier Vertreter namhafter Prothesenteilhersteller nennen, denen herzeigbar jede derartige Einsicht abgeht - was weiterhin untermauern duerfte, dass es sich hier um ein aeusserst aktuelles Thema handelt.

Die nachfolgenden Ausfuehrungen beziehen sich auf diese Arbeit, und die Arbeit wird von mir aus, aus meiner Sicht, verwendet und zitiert, erklaert und kontexualisiert.

Dies ist weniger eine Rezension, als ein Text zur Arbeit [1], den ich mit eigenen Diagrammen bebildert habe.

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[1] D. Hädicke, "APART - von Sub- und Objekten. Ein Magazin über Körper und Identität (Diplomarbeit)," Fachhochschule Potsdam, Germany, 2012.
[Bibtex]
@article{haedicke2012,
    author = {H\"{a}dicke, Doreen},
     title = {{APART - von Sub- und Objekten. Ein Magazin \"{u}ber K\"{o}rper und Identit\"{a}t} ({D}iplomarbeit)},
      year = {2012},
    journal = {{Fachhochschule Potsdam, Germany}},
day={14},
}

Prosthetic culture #3

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Prosthetic culture #3; published August 6, 2013, 06:30; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=1682.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1573561782, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Prosthetic culture #3}}, month = {August},year = {2013}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=1682}}


New things that rock the perceptions of our humanity now are Google Glass - what will it do to us? And Angelina Jolie did get her real breast content swapped for supplemental content to reduce risk of breast cancer. What is the actual value of data that is systematically altered, changed, biased or tweaked, and that really gives us a different basis to judge on? What is the actual value of life given our human bodies are constantly altered on their insides and on their outsides? Where are the lines not to cross in order to avoid becoming social outcasts?

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Socket Art and Prostheses Art as Obsession - the amputated limb and its prosthetic replacement as Permanent Canvas Shape for an exhibition called Spare Parts 2012 [freak show corner]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Socket Art and Prostheses Art as Obsession - the amputated limb and its prosthetic replacement as Permanent Canvas Shape for an exhibition called Spare Parts 2012 [freak show corner]; published July 30, 2012, 13:33; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=1141.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1573561782, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Socket Art and Prostheses Art as Obsession - the amputated limb and its prosthetic replacement as Permanent Canvas Shape for an exhibition called Spare Parts 2012 [freak show corner]}}, month = {July},year = {2012}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=1141}}


Currently, an exhibiton titled "Spare Parts 2012" that exhibits prosthetic limb related artwork in London draws interest and its creator, Priscilla Sutton, claims it has a positive vibe.

Does the 'Spare Parts' exhibition 2012 have a positive vibe, really?

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Socket Art and Prostheses Art as Obsession - the amputated limb and its prosthetic replacement as Permanent Canvas Shape for an exhibition called Spare Parts 2012 [freak show corner]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Socket Art and Prostheses Art as Obsession - the amputated limb and its prosthetic replacement as Permanent Canvas Shape for an exhibition called Spare Parts 2012 [freak show corner]; published July 30, 2012, 12:43; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=615.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1573561782, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Socket Art and Prostheses Art as Obsession - the amputated limb and its prosthetic replacement as Permanent Canvas Shape for an exhibition called Spare Parts 2012 [freak show corner]}}, month = {July},year = {2012}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=615}}


Currently, an exhibiton titled "Spare Parts 2012" that exhibits prosthetic limb related artwork in London draws interest and its creator, Priscilla Sutton, claims it has a positive vibe.

Does the 'Spare Parts' exhibition 2012 have a positive vibe, really?

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