Meet the Real- Life Cy­borgs

Technowize Magazine - - Front Page -

Moon Ribas is the most hu­man-like cy­borg you’ll meet. Un­like the ex­treme “grinders”, the 30-year-old Span­ish artist’s bio­hack is quite unique. Ribas has a mi­nus­cule mag­net near her el­bow that al­lows her to feel earth­quakes any­where on planet, in real time. “Af­ter per­ceiv­ing this uni­ver­sal move­ment, and af­ter this mo­tion be­came an emo­tion, this is when I felt cy­borg. It’s when I felt that my body and cy­ber­net­ics had united,” Ribas tells the Tedxmünchen au­di­ence.

Like her long-term friend Neil har­bis­son, who has a color-sens­ing an­tenna at­tached to his skull, Ribas says the phys­i­cal change is not the pur­pose of be­ing a cy­borg. harib­s­son changed his body, to ad­just his psy­che, says Ribas. She de­ci­phers the tremors she feels in body into dance move­ments.

But, why the need to turn into a cy­borg?

“I want to per­ceive move­ment in a deeper way,” ex­plains Ribas, a chore­og­ra­pher who stud­ied dance at Dart­ing­ton Col­lege in the UK. “The planet moves, con­stantly shak­ing and mov­ing every day. I thought it would be amaz­ing to trans­late the mas­sive and nat­u­ral move­ments of the planet in a dif­fer­ent way.”

Ribas’ sub­der­mal im­plant per­ceives in­for­ma­tion from an ac­com­pa­ny­ing iphone app that col­lects seis­mic move­ment from ge­o­log­i­cal mon­i­tors the world over. The sen­sa­tion as sim­i­lar to hav­ing a tele­phone vi­brate

in your pants. The higher the mag­ni­tude, the stronger the vi­bra­tion.

Amid the 7.8 quake that shat­tered parts of Nepal a year ago, strong vi­bra­tions throb­bing in Ribas’ arm kept her awake all night.

hav­ing been re­cep­tive to the move­ments and grum­blings of tec­tonic plates through­out the last three years, Ribas says seis­mic tremors are mis­judged. She thinks it’s un­jus­ti­fi­able that our im­pres­sion of seis­mic tremors are all so bad. Earth­quakes are part of the evo­lu­tion

of the planet. what’s worse is we still haven’t ad­justed to this nat­u­ral phe­nom­e­non. City plans should have a deeper un­der­stand­ing of the sci­ence of earth­quakes, and large cities should not be built over ac­tive tec­tonic planet.

To hone her seis­mic sense, Ribas is think­ing about get­ting im­plants on her feet so she could dis­tin­guish where tremors hap­pen on the planet. Ribas and har­bis­son are hop­ing to team up with ar­chi­tects and tech­nol­o­gists to en­hance their cy­borg-like im­plants.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.