Is conservatism in prosthetic design holding back progress in the State ?
Gutter Press was recently contacted by a prosthetics designer who argued that the design of cyber arms in the State is overly focused on replicating the human arm, and does not embrace the full range of possibilities for increasing the efficiency of State industry.
“Even the advanced cyber arms made by Ishukone or Kaalakiota are still recognisably arm shaped, replicating the abilities and range of motion of the arm. Even if the arm is stronger than a human one, it is still recognisable as a human arm. It’s not like we’re the Amarr, we don’t have to be constrained like this.”, was their main argument.
They also argued that there is a danger that the State could be left behind in cybernetics development, altering the balance of power between nations. Nations such as the Gallente Federation were suggested as being more open to the possibilities that cybernetics provide.
“The Gallente have all kinds of prosthetic arms available. Sure, they’re all stupid things like wings, or erotic stimulators, or other hedonistic nonsense, but they’re exploring the possibilities of non-arm-shaped arms. We’re not doing that, so we may be blind to something that the Gallente could eventually use against us.”
Other prosthetics engineers agreed that most Caldari-produced arms are quite conventional, and that even the Minmatar seem more open to possibilities, with many Minmatar prosthetics incorporating all kinds of tools and apparatus for performing tasks. They disagreed though that the Federation was advanced enough to pose a threat to the State in the long term.
Gutter Press asked several State citizens for their opinions.
“We should be conservative, lest another Sansha Kuvakei spring up”, was the opinion of a Navy contractor.
“The only good thing to come out of the Federation were the ships carrying the Caldari people to New Caldari”, opined a livestock geneticist.
“Arms ? Pfft, I want a skull-gun. And I want them to fix the vending machine, it keeps serving lemon-lime, not orange!”, was the opinion from a Navy trooper.
In other news, an unregistered vending machine was discovered in the capsuleer section of Jita 4-4, which was found to be funnelling a substantial amount of fractional ISK transactions to an account apparently under control of a Rogue drone Hive, which was using the ISK to purchase minerals and exotic dancers. The machine appeared to have been in operation for some time, with investigators tracing a total of 1Bn ISK of transfers made from the machine. Jita 4-4 authorities reminded capsuleers and capsuleer ship crews to be vigilant when spending ISK on station.
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