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Deux Ex: The Eyeborg Documentary is a preview of our augmented future

We may be a decade or two away from equipping real world Reflex Boosters, Sarif Series 8 Energy Converters and Icarus Landing Systems, but as Square Enix's newly released documentary on modern day cyborgs demonstrates, the futuristic world of Deus Ex: Human Revolution may be way more science than fiction.

Deus Ex: The Eyeborg Documentary was produced to augment the arrival of Square Enix's Deus Ex: Human Revolution. It was made by Toronto filmmaker Rob 'Eyeborg' Spence who – as his name subtly suggests – became something of a first generation cyborg himself after replacing a lost eye with a rudimentary camera system that transmits wireless RX signals to a nearby receiver, allowing him to live stream and record everything he sees.

The doc is a refreshing detour from Deus Ex's marketing campaign, as it trades slick fuax-Sarif Industries ads for an uplifting look at real people benefitting from advances in prosthetic limbs, augmented reality and artificial sight restoration. Still, child-like wonder aside, one can't help get the creepy feeling Eyeborg's interviews will one day resurface as stock footage in a future documentary on “The Leaders of the Cyborg Armageddon”.

Aug 26, 2011

7 comments

  • ObliqueZombie - August 26, 2011 8:31 p.m.

    There's something about that that makes me want a Deus Ex world, without all the Human Purists/Terrorists ruining all the fun. But the moral question DOES have to arise once again: can human and machine combine on a biological level, and will it ever be ethically accepted? He must have a hard time finding a job in a "normal" career area.
  • keltar93 - August 26, 2011 8:01 p.m.

    Is "More Human Than Human" their motto?
  • ray4594 - August 26, 2011 3:25 p.m.

    Just watched the documentary, its pretty interesting to see how far we've come, and how far we still have to go. The question of wanting mechanical limbs or other parts of your body, versus actually needing it for a normal life is a dilemma people may have to eventually face when this tech advances, and I think Deus Ex is a good foreshadow of one of the possibilities of how humans will react to this tech.
  • ray4594 - August 26, 2011 3:09 p.m.

    Well if you play the game you actually see a lot of the problems humans encounter with augmentation. At the time of the game, augmentation isnt exactly something everyone agrees with, and you learn a lot of different things about the repercussions of having augs. And having finished Deus Ex HR, I wouldnt exactly like that future very much.
  • hppop1 - August 26, 2011 3 p.m.

    not only that people with money abuse this technology and use it against their competition but the high demand from people with money would use up a lot of resources as well.
  • hppop1 - August 26, 2011 2:57 p.m.

    If it's more possible to have a future like that then it will be a scary future.
  • DaMaJaDiZ - August 26, 2011 2:50 p.m.

    Ok, Having a camera for an eye sounds cool in theory, but it's got to be freaky as hell to look at. I'm gonna have to watch this doc.

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