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Enthiran, Sci fi movie from India addresses Postmodern memes

by V.R. Manoj

I often wonder why movies from India don’t really get the serious attention they deserve apart from international admiration for them being colorful ! However, there have been movies from India which have asked just about any other big questions that Hollywood has had to ask about our Postmodern fantasies.



Technology getting under your skin and the ethical scratches therein

by V.R. Manoj

An Overview of Bioethical Issues stemming from Implantable RFID microchips.



Branding yourself electronically with Electronic Epidermal Systems

by V.R. Manoj

Seems just like yesterday that Prof.Kevin Warwick of the University of Reading, UK took that bold step to implant a BrainGate device onto his median nerve in his forearm to be able to control electronic devices.



Behavioural acceptance of Existing Superhumans: Path to equal acceptance of the differently abled

by V.R. Manoj

On December 23 (2012), many keralite (people hailing from Kerala, a southern state of India) viewers both home and abroad anxiously glued their attentions to their Television sets, for their favourite singer, Mr.Sukesh Kuttan in the finale of the hit reality TV show on Asianet channel called “Idea Star SingerSeason 6”. However, Sukesh did not sing much to the disappointment of the viewers.



Misleading Perceptions of Improving “The Human Condition”

by V.R. Manoj

It is time to take a step back and examine how we view “technology” and “progress” and the potential creation of a utopian future society.

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Love and Hope for Other Species in the Posthuman Future

by V.R. Manoj

I am writing this after having responded to a respected friend, a bioethicist with whom I am connected via Facebook. In his photo albums, he has a picture of a protected area for dogs in Thailand. This got me thinking.

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Conflicting Convictions of Personhood and Emulated Personhood

by V.R. Manoj

The concept of embodiment often does not offer a corresponding explanation for the variety of personalities that a human being expresses once within the Internet’s intricate social network.

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Transcendent Consciousness for Transcendent Technologies

by V.R. Manoj

When I was five, I played with my first toy robot.

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Book Review : Feed by M.T.Anderson

by V.R. Manoj

I was born into a world where the telephone was still wired and had a circular dial to ring up someone.

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The Land of the Dead vs The Land of the Living

by V.R. Manoj

Yesterday, I saw a movie by the name “The Land of the Dead”.

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Cochlear Cyborgs : Human Issues with Cochlear Implants

by V.R. Manoj

Some deaf way wish to revolt against the hearing world and defend the autonomy of deaf culture. But not everyone has the luxury to revolt. For the unwilling deaf, there are now cochlear implants.

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A collage of IEET faces, IEET in Second Life

IEET Intern VR Manoj has posted a nice collage of IEET folks.

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The Cyborg comes to Second Life

by V.R. Manoj

On April 23,2007 Prof. Kevin Warwick, author of I, Cyborg addressed the World Transhumanist Association’s Second Life chapter on “Upgrading Humans: Why not?”

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Cyborgs and Altruism

by V.R. Manoj

Cyborgs are often imagined as devoid of emotion and empathy. We need a new understanding of the cyborg, one with the capacity for altruism and love.

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Appendix to “Cybofree- Cyborgs, Fantasy, Reality, Ethics and Education”

by V.R. Manoj

- V.R. Manoj and Jayapaul Azariah
Post Graduate Student of Microbiology,
1160, 6th Avenue, Z-Block, Annanagar, Chennai - 600040, India

-  Jayapaul Azariah, Ph.D.
President, All India Bioethics Association,
New No. 4, 8th Lane, Indiranagar, Chennai 600 020. India

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Cybofree - Cyborgs, Fantasy, Reality, Ethics and Education

by V.R. Manoj

Abstract

This paper examines ethical issues associated with cyborgs. A core issue is whether the cyborg body offers a fredom for the fantasies of the mind. It is a freedom that enables the mind to explore into the new environments. To characterize such a cyborg based freedom for fantasy creation, we propose the term “CYBOFREE”.

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