What it means to be human in a changing world.

A new series of articles about the affects of technology on our bodies, our consciousness, and ultimately our species as a whole. *** Warning this post contains a poll.

An how-to guide on staying sane, real, and human in a technological world present and future.


Benedict Campbell on Sexy Cyborgs of the Future

I am starting investigations that have been inspired how my call for engineers of recreating my eye with a camera, went viral across the far reaches of the cyber-sphere. I found myself in a new landscape with looming questions and controversial challenges. Needless to say my persona has traveled the blogo-globe more than my physical body has – and I’d like to fill in the gaps.

I have been blogged about more that a simple one-eyed girl should (okay maybe I’m more complicated than I’d like to admit!); but really, a virtual woman with my name has made an insane amount of cameos throughout cyberspace carrying less characteristics belonging to me and more it seems of the blogger’s projections and to many this quantified composite cyber me is just as real as the real me.  This is why I’m telling it like it is  – to find my voice in the sea of other mes, to set the story straight from the source, not RT, Twitter, Facebooked, overheard, misunderstood, bastardized to sell papers, or to shock an audience.  No just a simple or not so simple one-eyed girls story on needing a metamorphosis.

With my bizarre Internet presence (go to http://personas.media.mit.edu/ to find your online identity,) so far several publications and hundreds of bloggers have speculated on what this means in the context of our time and what my impetus is for deciding to implant a camera in my ocular prosthesis – and I thought hey, who better to document then from the one doing it. Apropos to 1st person P.O.V. of the eye-camera project.

Today’s persona: culture critic and auto-ethnographer, I propose to share with you the current process of building my bionic eye and the artistic process.   I will be publishing my research and findings; questions and frustrations. This is a partnership and the rules are to be civil, no more stupid comments about keeping the camera on in the girls locker room, will I keep it on while I go to the bathroom, or during sex – (Channel 5, I’m talking to you!) I’d much rather hear about new developments in bionic vision, funding, collaborations, exhibitions, video journalism, eye-deas!, etc. Let’s get a real dialogue going.

Body-Tech Critique, a series of articles about current trends in:

All told through my experimentation and interviews with experts in these areas.

This summer I presented my Camera Eye proposal to the MIT Media Lab. This is is launching a partnership with the Camera Culture Group who are currently developing many powerful and new cameras.  Although there are many hoops to jump, like funding, still having difficulty in sustaining this process — either way I am determined to move forward and build this damn eye already!

These are my words, my thoughts, with Moore’s Law and advancing rate of technology it is a trend sweeping our planet whether we know it or not. I’d like to be a part of this discussion as a participant – join me in my research, my questions, the conflicts, the ethics, and the response. It will surely promise to be a highly unusual ride.

I’ll leave you with a trailer for cautionary tale “We Live in Public” “Internet pioneer Josh Harris has spent his life implementing his unique vision of the future, where technology and media dictate human social interaction and define our personal identity.”:


2 thoughts on “What it means to be human in a changing world.

  1. I like your top down approach – first define what you want to be, who you want to be and what to name it, calling for a camera eye in public, creating a pre-labelled world – and *then* put the puppy on the road, build technology to match the description – maybe that is the Philip K. Dick or William Gibson Way, get permission first after writing extensively, then shoot. First construct your new identity then be that person.

    The other way around works as well, though: never mind the tag name, just round up, build, design and construct whatever you can implement with people that can assemble the technology right here and now (where is Nokia when you need them anyway?), go for sheer feasibility, gut feeling and real implementation – only then test its social impact as you already have a prototype in your face – and *then* write about what came out of it. That may be more Hemingway style. Shoot first, ask later. Personally, I like Machada. “Wanderer, there is no path. Paths are made by walking”.

    I am past the stage of wearing camouflage silicone lookalike technology. I have no chance to act as if that part of my right arm was real, not even close. Then, not getting realism right tends to be even less acceptable than wearing visible technological support. I’m now in the middle of improving both function and looks of my stuff, wearing my own wrist prototypes (now version 3), wearing my own design / appearance, and I find that the subtitles for that experience are considerably different looking back than they would have been looking forward and blogging on assumption.


  2. I really admire you for going through with this as much as you have. I have an artificial eye also from cancer as a baby (10 months old). I have often wondered what I am missing and did feel a surge of hope when they announced how they can make some blind people see through the innovations of cameras implanted. However, since I have one functioning eye, I did believe they would never bother to work with me.

    I also admire your ability to wear an eyepatch. I cannot make myself do that due to a person who physically and sexually abused me during my youth who wore an eyepatch. So eyepatches have a negative reinforcement in my mind.

    Please keep us informed as to how it goes. I am rooting for you!


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