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The Pain and Pleasure of Being a Cyborg

Beyond medical and technological issues, being a cyborg at the beginning of the 21st century means relying on companies and regulamentary institutions.

Lidia Zuin
9 min readFeb 28, 2022

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Disclaimer: This is an extended version of the essay originally published in Portuguese, at TAB UOL.

In 2018, the actress Angel Giuffria shared on her Twitter the following incident: during a talk she attended in one of the biggest innovation and culture festivals, SXSW, she was denied to use the plugs available in the room because other people were already charging their phones. But there’s one detail: Angel needed a plug to charge her bionic arm, which was running out of battery.

Lightheartedly, she shared her experience using the hashtag #CyborgProblems. But what does it mean? In the 1960s, the scientists Manfred E. Clynes and Nathan S. Kline proposed the term “cyborg” as the synthesis of a cybernetic organism.

Angel Giuffria

In their case, the scientists were thinking about technologies that could enable the adaptation of human beings in inhospitable environments that would be disclosed in…

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Lidia Zuin

Brazilian journalist, MA in Semiotics and PhD in Visual Arts. Researcher and essayist. Technical and science fiction writer.