The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is making robotic cops, selling non-military drones to local law enforcement, and its mechanical death cheetahs will soon be replacing RAs in all college dorms starting in 2015.
The future is now, and quite frankly it seems as if we are well and mighty fucked. The majority of us will be left behind on a used-up Earth trying to figure out how our media jobs can translate into survival skills in a post-surplus planet. Elysium opens today and will serve as a succinct commentary on the illusions of a utopian society and the catastrophic effects of the global division of wealth.
You know what would help with all of that? A cybernetic exoskeleton fused to our musculature. That's what Matt Damon is using to storm the ramparts of Elysium. Cyborgs have long been a mainstay of pop culture and science fiction. Video games have also seen a nearly endless cast of cyborgs over the years. As we round up some of our favorite, we ask the important question: Could any of them beat Matt Damon in a push-up contest?
Also, just so we're all clear here:
cyborg: a being with both organic and cybernetic parts
android: robot or synthetic organism designed to look and act like a human
Which of your favorite video game cyborgs do you think should be on the list?