Man and/or machine

On: November 24, 2008
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About Arno de Natris
Finished the Master in New Media in august 2009. See for mor details about me on


The BBC recently broadcasted ‘James May’s Big Ideas’. In this sequence of documentaries May, probably best known as anti superhero in ‘Top Gear’, explores in the episode ‘Man-machine‘ some projects on cyborgs, avatars, artificial intelligence and robots. Unfortunately, the episode isn’t available online (yet), but there are some parts of it on Youtube.

Explaining the Asimo robot:

The computerization of our own brain, or mediation of it, with a thinking intrument using EEG data from our brain:

Creating an avatar by distracting movements into computer data:

Something that comes ‘as near as possible’ to Robocop:

‘Life logging’:

Almost praising the technologies and lacking critique on it, May is promoting computering and robots as a what Langdon Winner might call ‘computer romanticism‘. No wonder, notice the last sentence on the website: ‘Inspired? Why not consider studying science’. Still, it’s interesting to see how these machines work. Also notice the reactions, wherein a discussion started on what is artificial life, a cyborg, etcetera.

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