From Robot Suits to Celebrity Coldsores:
Wearable Technologies in SF Cinema*
mark.bould@
gmail.com
* and some comics
Genesis 2: 25 and 3:6
Adam and his wife were
both naked, and they
felt no shame. … When
the woman saw that the
fruit of th...
Genesis 3: 7-10 Then the eyes of
both of them were opened, and they
realised that they were naked; so
they sewed fig leave...
Genesis 3: 21-23
God made garments of
skin for Adam and his
wife and clothed them
[and] banished them
from the Garden of E...
In Christian mythology, the first
technology is a wearable technology
It is a practical technology, designed to
do somethi...
but simultaneously and equally, in
Christian mythology, this first
(wearable) technology is a semiotic
technology
it is a ...
The heart-rending story of my Public Enemy t-shirt
J Michael Stracynski talks about a letter
he received early in Babylon 5’s run:
I try to like the show, but it keeps
break...
Science fiction – at least according to its
official dogma – has always been about the
impact of technology. But times hav...
For the cyberpunks, by stark contrast,
technology is visceral. It is not the bottled
genie of remote Big Science boffins; ...
Eighties tech sticks to the skin,
responds to the touch: prosthetic
limbs, implanted circuitry, cosmetic
surgery, genetic ...
Minority Report - before and after eye transplant
Tetsuo: Iron Man teaches us:
Don’t try it at home…
…because once you start, you have no idea how it
might end
Just because you can wear it, doesn’t mean you should
Wearable Horizons: From robot suits to celebrity coldsores
Wearable Horizons: From robot suits to celebrity coldsores
Wearable Horizons: From robot suits to celebrity coldsores
Wearable Horizons: From robot suits to celebrity coldsores
Wearable Horizons: From robot suits to celebrity coldsores
Wearable Horizons: From robot suits to celebrity coldsores
Wearable Horizons: From robot suits to celebrity coldsores
Wearable Horizons: From robot suits to celebrity coldsores
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Mark Bould of the University of the West of England talks to Imperica's Wearable Horizons event about wearable devices and culture in history.

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Wearable Horizons: From robot suits to celebrity coldsores

  1. 1. From Robot Suits to Celebrity Coldsores: Wearable Technologies in SF Cinema* mark.bould@ gmail.com * and some comics
  2. 2. Genesis 2: 25 and 3:6 Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame. … When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.
  3. 3. Genesis 3: 7-10 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realised that they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, ‘Where are you?’ He answered, ‘I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.’
  4. 4. Genesis 3: 21-23 God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them [and] banished them from the Garden of Eden.
  5. 5. In Christian mythology, the first technology is a wearable technology It is a practical technology, designed to do something
  6. 6. but simultaneously and equally, in Christian mythology, this first (wearable) technology is a semiotic technology it is a way of communicating meaning
  7. 7. The heart-rending story of my Public Enemy t-shirt
  8. 8. J Michael Stracynski talks about a letter he received early in Babylon 5’s run: I try to like the show, but it keeps breaking my sense of reality every time someone uses one of those hand-links, when it’s been established that in the future chest-communicator pins will be the accepted technology
  9. 9. Science fiction – at least according to its official dogma – has always been about the impact of technology. But times have changed since the comfortable era of Hugo Gernsback, when Science was safely enshrined – and confined – in an ivory tower. The careless technophilia of those days belongs to a vanished, sluggish era, when authority still had a comfortable margin of control.
  10. 10. For the cyberpunks, by stark contrast, technology is visceral. It is not the bottled genie of remote Big Science boffins; it is pervasive, utterly intimate. Not outside us, but next to us. Under our skin; often, inside our minds. Technology itself has changed. Not for us the giant steam-snorting wonders of the past: the Hoover Dam, the Empire State Building, the nuclear power plant.
  11. 11. Eighties tech sticks to the skin, responds to the touch: prosthetic limbs, implanted circuitry, cosmetic surgery, genetic alteration. The even more powerful theme of mind invasion: brain-computer interfaces, artificial intelligence, neurochemistry – techniques radically redefining – the nature of humanity, the nature of the self.
  12. 12. Minority Report - before and after eye transplant
  13. 13. Tetsuo: Iron Man teaches us: Don’t try it at home…
  14. 14. …because once you start, you have no idea how it might end
  15. 15. Just because you can wear it, doesn’t mean you should

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