EX-PROSTHESIS: Mechanical Symbiosis PREFACE
The tenth book in Marcus Vitruvius's De Architectura Libri Decem is on mechanical engineering. This particular part of the manuscript was greatly expanded during Renaissance to include inventions such as tanks, catapults and other siege weapons used for warfare. Leonardo da Vinci being a biomechanic, applied combination of natural science and mechanical engineering to unveil mystery of life.
When did stick become a tool, When did information become knowledge, or When did parts become whole?
In film "2001 A space Odyssey " epic scene from The Dawn of Man captures a moment of eureka. The femur swung high above his head, it became a weapon. And It is certain that making, using and refining tools had impact as important as fire and language did for development of humanity and his intelligence. But the partnership with technology has not been always beneficial or forthcoming. Differences in between “aspiration” and “consequence” for use of technology has remained unpredictable and ambivalent .
Number of technology currently available will have an equally significant impact on future as other mile stone achievements in our past. And these potentially paradigm shifting ideas are right at our front door steps. The prosthesis for handicapped use what is called Brain Machine Interface( BMI). Laboratory experiments show that living brain tissue with electrodes can be connected to a variety of artificial tools. Only the technology for sufficient bidirectional link between brain and machine separates speculation from reality. Beside from obvious benefits for disabled or neurologically paralyzed, other prospects for BMI are also immense. All kinds of cognitive sensors will produce new experiences and unthinkable array of product, mechanical extensions will enhance our physical ability to sample the environment that were not accessible before: RCV in the depth of ocean, in confines of super nova, even in intracellular space inside artery. In addition to enhanced interconnectivity, combination with nano science will produce physical integration with artificial as never experienced before.
But whether nano science, cybernetics or bioengineering, our attempt to use these technology will have unintended consequences. Yet, our overly rationalized society pledges to the idea that advancement in technology will be for our benefit, and discounts negative consequence of deployment. Could this denial an evidence of the fact we are progressively trapped? The critics see that 6000 years of linear advancement and increased dependency to technology have reached the tipping point. Indeed excessive industrialization is causing inhuman despair and misery in global scale, yet we are unable to refrain our temptation to continue on this fatalistic path. Lack of our self regulating ability against harmful consequences of excessive mechanization is a symptoms of our co-dependency to technology. Rationalization, empiricism, science, reason, are fueled by our desperate desire to control “unpredictable” in hope that outcome of action will mirror our perception of what we think it should be. In an other words logic is a predetermined assumption that exclude improbable/unintended thus unable to embrace complexity and dynamics of phenomenon.
Artistic production promotes deviation from this dilemma and divest into creative enterprise instead. Aleatory art use chance to promote creativity and rejects compliance to pre-determent. Automatism for drawing, Decalcomania for graphics, Collage and Frontage for paintings do exactly that. These techniques/method relay on chance and accident in order to promote creativity. Intuitive discovery ignites creative process of visualization but at this stage mental representation is typically depleted of content. It is during next phase of conceptual blending, different frame of references are mixed, distilled, cultured to matured together and then cultivate it into knowledge. This process improves and advances intellectual content of our mental construction. The process will be complete when oscillation among two hemispheres of our cerebrum converges and achieve dynamic interaction between intelligence and creativity making whole from the parts.