Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Elizabeth_Chapter 6_Utterback_Q

Sorry to keep harping on the Utterback article ... but ...
Utterback stated: "The digital medium interests me because it is the perfect site to explore the interface between physical bodies and various representational systems." As others have already eloquently stated, I agree that the digital medium is well-suited for such exploration.
However, one of the responses to this article discusses a work entitled "A-positive" -- by Eduardo Kac and Ed Bennett -- which, in my opinion, seems to step beyond exploration of the representational in probing the human/machine interface. "A-positive" (1997) consisted of a human transferring blood to a robot, and then in turn receiving dextrose from the robot. Eduardo states: "This work proposes that emerging forms of human/machine interface penetrate the sacred boundaries of the flesh, with profound cultural and philosophical implications."
In our text book, Eduardo describes the work as, "A new form of art based on the use of genetic engineering to transfer natural or synthetic genes to an organism, to create unique human beings."
Do the possible ethical implications of such 'art' seem a bit sketchy to anyone else?
Domo Arrigato Mr. Roboto!


At 4:34 PM, Blogger Kasey Bradley said...

Yes, it does.

Unique human beings are created everyday other humans.

At 5:24 PM, Blogger Betsy said...

Sounds similar to stem cell research...

With this new internet/technical world we will have ethical and moral debates.


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