Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Deus Ex: The Eyeborg Documentary

In the semi-fictional, near future world of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, video game developer Eidos Montreal paints a picture of a technological frontier where prosthetics and human augmentation is not only commonplace, but on the verge of changing human evolution forever. However, in 2011, as you sit down to play this fictional masterpiece of interactive art, you may find yourself asking the question:, “Exactly how close to reality is this stuff? How far away are we really from this technology?” That is exactly the same question Square Enix and filmmaker Rob Spence set out to answer in a new documentary, Deus Ex: The Eyeborg Documentary. The answers may surprise you.

Contracted by Eidos Montreal to research the documentary as part of the promotional campaign for the release of Human Revolution, Rob Spence sets off around the globe to get a bead on the current state of prosthetics, cybernetics and human augmentation. However for Spence, this journey is both professional and personal, as he himself is a real life cyborg. A firearms accident six years ago, left Spence with a prosthetic eye, which he has since had fitted with a wireless camera – hence the moniker, Eyeborg.

In this twelve minute mini-documentary, Spence, who’s prosthetic eye was voted as one of Time Magazine’s top 50 inventions of 2009, travels around the globe, visiting prosthetic researchers and users alike, to get their take on the current status and the future progression of this technology. Everything from digital eye augmentations that connect directly the optic nerve, to arms and legs are covered in the mini-documentary. And the question of how far off from Adam Jensen’s world are we, is put to the scientists and researchers themselves.

Of course in Adam Jensen’s world, there is a deeper, ethical question facing humanity. Just because a person can replace perfectly working body parts with superior bio-mechanical versions, should we?

SOURCE: OnLiveFans.

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