by Mike Masnick

Cyborg Unplugged

from the messing-with-his-mind dept

Yesterday Wired News was running an article about a new documentary about Steven Mann, often credited with creating the first wearable computer. However, in today's NY Times, there's an even more interesting article about what happened to Mann last month. Apparently, he tried to board an airplane, and security guards were not thrilled with his wearable setup. After three days of arguing, he claims that they forced him to remove his wearable computer injuring himself and breaking parts of the machine. When they eventually let him get on board, he says they didn't return $56,800 worth of computing material. The most interesting part, however, is at the end of the article where he says that without the system (which he has been using for about 20 years) he is having trouble functioning. After the system was removed he claims he fell down twice while trying to walk through the airport, and had to board the plane in a wheelchair. In the weeks since then, he claims that he cannot concentrate and is "behaving differently". He is even undergoing tests to see if his brain is affected by this sudden de-cyborging. It could be very interesting to see what the effects are of suddenly yanking away cyborg-like technology from someone who has lived with it for so long.

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    asdf, 14 Mar 2002 @ 7:43am

    have you seen this cat?

    if I was an ignorant security guard, I'd definatly mess with this guy.


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