Four Questions About Inquiry Topic

  1. State your essential question
  2. Why you are interested in it
  3. What you already know (established knowledge)
  4. New knowledge (from 3 articles)


  1. What are the advantages and disadvantages of cybernetics?
  2. I find it to be a very interesting subject.  Technology is advancing so quickly and I believe that is where our future is heading.  It seems strange mixing humans with machine, but I think that is what I find interesting.  I want to be able to understand how it works and how it is possible to do this. I think this technology can help lots of people.
  3. We don’t realize that cyborgs are all around us.  They have given us inspiration. Neil Harbisson: He was born completely colour blind.  He could only see in black and white. After having an antenna installed he was able to see colour in a whole new perspective.  Jens Naumann: After a few work accidents, he became blind. When he got a device installed in his head, he was able to see the outlines of his kids again.  Jesse Sullivan: After a work accident, he lost both of his arms. He got an experimental bionic limb that enabled him to feel hot and cold, pick up items, and do regular daily things.  
  4. We don't realize just how fast things are moving around us.  Cybernetics is advancing fast. BioBolt: can act as an interface between the human brain and a computer.  Being able to connect with our computers may help us understand computers on a whole new level and may help people with disabilities.  Transistor: helps in the process of humans and computers being able to communicate. Artificial Cerebellum: can help damaged brain areas and enhance brain abilities.  These cybernetic advances have many advantages, but they also have some disadvantages as well. With all our information being online, there will be some privacy issues.  Some extra security measures will have to be put in place. Some people don’t quite understand what cybernetics is and how it started. It started in the 1940s with some scientists trying to understand communication in biological and social systems.

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Hi Haley! 

Your topic sounds super interesting! I'm excited to learn more about cybernetics! I remember reading this book called Cinder (I remember talking about it with you during the last meeting!!), and it was very similar to your topic. As a small summary for those who’ve never read the book and are reading my comment, the main character in the story is named Linh Cinder, and she’s a teenage girl who is part cyborg and part human. In short, the story is about her desperation, suffering, discrimination, and hope for change and acceptance for being simply put as someone who is “different” than the others. During her personal navigation to who she is as an individual, the earth that she lives on is at war with the people from the moon. It’s an amazing story! Thus, I like how you made connections with things you’ve seen as well as read to decide to go delve deeper into cybernetics! I also enjoyed how you’ve talked about why you find your topic interesting. By doing this, you’ve explained all the information that you’ve known and took that in discovering what you don’t know. Thus, you gave me a better background perspective when you were explaining such. Nonetheless, your thought processes were also extremely organized due to your four questions, and it was easy to follow along. What I find the most fascinating is how you explained that we don’t realize cyborgs are all around us. I enjoyed that you you’ve given specific examples. I didn’t know that there were so many various ways people are using technology on our own body to, in a way, improve it. I was wondering if you could take on the aspect on whether technology is moving at a rapid pace. I suggest you look into the long- and short-term effects of having such technology is going to affect the human race. For example, if we were taking about technology in general, there are already people taking about how robots are taking over our jobs and how there is a decrease in job availability. You may also want to look into some myths and facts about robotics. There's a lot of misconceptions out there about cyborgs. Thus, I believe that it would be beneficial to look into that. You can also study the differences on how Cinder is portraying these cyborgs to be and just how the reality of such technology is actually being used today. Moreover, the consequences of accepting our bodies to become cyborg would also be interesting to look into. Would we, at one point, become more robot than human? As mentioned by , “there’s a big gulf between the fantasy vision of cyborgs, and the current reality of being dependent on an implant or a prosthetic in day-to-day life”. 

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Good luck! 


Hi Haley,

Great post! I really like your idea, I think it's really unique and I'm sure I will learn a lot from your research. I remember when we were talking about our research topics at the recent butterfly effect meeting at Winslow, you mentioned that you wanted to do research on cyborgs, and the first thing that came to mind was super futuristic sci-fi machines. Then you explained how we're actually surrounded by cyborgs today, even if we don't realize it. It's just that from books and movies we typically picture these incredibly futuristic machine-humans, but it could also be something as simple as having a hearing-aid. Maybe something you could delve into is how much you think we can cybernetically modify ourselves before we're not truly ourselves, not truly human?

I think your research will be really interesting, and I look forward to reading it.

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Good luck!

Hey Haley, I really like your topic! I think it's going to be so interesting to read about a topic so unique, especially since I'm not that educated on the topic.  Perhaps somethings  you could look into could be a comparison between when it started, now and then what it could possibly look like in the future. It would also be super interesting if you looked into the science behind it and research some common cybernetics and how they work and their purpose and everything. Here's a website that talks a bit about the history:

Good luck!

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