Cyborg , also known as Victor Stone, is a superhero who is half man and half machine. His body was destroyed in a tragic accident, but he was saved through experimental technology; most of his body parts have been replaced with cybernetic ones, which grant him access to a large arsenal of high-tech gadgets and weaponry, while also providing life support. Stone struggles with his humanity as a machine, although his enhancements have made him incredibly powerful.
The Atlantic Crossword
We're gathered here today to celebrate Manfred Clynes. Fifty years ago, he coined the word "cyborg" to describe an emerging hybrid of man's machines and man himself. The word itself combined cybernetics, the then-emerging discipline of feedback and control, and organism. The word appeared in an article called "Cyborgs and Space," in the journal Astronautics ' September issue. Just to be precise, here's how the word was introduced:. From that catchy description, it might not have been immediately apparent that Cyborg was destined to become the label for a profound myth, hope and fear specific to our era.
What Is a Cyborg and Are We Already Cyborgs?
In June , the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Riley v. California , in which the justices unanimously ruled that police officers may not, without a warrant, search the data on a cell phone seized during an arrest. This may be the first time the Supreme Court has explicitly contemplated the cyborg in case law—admittedly as a kind of metaphor. But the idea that the law will have to accommodate the integration of technology into the human being has actually been kicking around for a while. I mean, with our phones we are actually technologically enhanced creatures, and those technological enhancements, which we have basically attached to our bodies, also make us vulnerable to more government supervision, privacy invasions, and so on and so forth. But we as humans have rights, but the divide is becoming very small. Humans have rights, under which they retain some measure of dominion over their bodies. But our laws do not recognize the rights of machines themselves. West and John R.
Ray Fisher as Cyborg in Justice League. Part man, part machine, Vic Stone is a former member of the Teen Titans and a current member of the Justice League who wrestles to preserve his humanity with every new upgrade. Instead, Vic dreamed of being a football player, and devoted all of his time to becoming a star athlete while he was still in high school. But a tragic twist of fate that should have left him dead instead found him becoming part man and part machine—a Cyborg. Although he ultimately chose the path of the superhero, Victor never fully acclimated to being only partially human. Because of his ability to interface with computer systems, perhaps there is no hero more fitting for this modern, digital age. For more on Cyborg's history, visit his page on DCUniverse.