Deus Ex is Closer to Reality Than You Think

In case you haven’t heard, Deus Ex: Human Revolution is the bomb. Go get it.

If you’ve already played through it, you can’t help wondering just how far off the future depicted in the game is, when prosthetic “augmentations” become the optimum human condition. The answer is revealed in this slick, 12.5-minute documentary.

Square Enix commissioned filmmaker Rob Spence to look into the current state of prosthetics and cybernetics. Why Spence? Because he’s also known as “Eyeborg,” because he replaced his damaged right eye (after a shotgun accident) with a custom-made, wireless video camera. In the short film, titled Deus Ex: The Eyeborg Documentary, Spence examines “cyborg eyes,” prosthetic arms, and prosthetic legs to see how far we are from the future as seen in Deus Ex.

Among other things, the docu posits that Moore’s Law — used to predict the advances in computer technology — also applies to prosthesis and bionics as well, which means that fabricated human body parts are improving at an exponential rate. One engineer Spence interviews even comes right out and says it: by 2027, the year in which Human Revolution is set, it’s not only plausible but likely that human augmentation will have reached the point we see in the video game.

So here’s the six million dollar question: would you replace parts of your body with bionics if you could?

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Unathletic, uncoordinated tall man with endless creativity stampeding through his overactive brain. Comes with beard, wife, and two miniature humans. Novelist. General blogger and main Gaming Geek for ForeverGeek. Lead Blogger, Apple Gazette.

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