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Meet Kevin, the World's First Cyborg

I know what you're thinking -- Kevin? But professor Kevin Warwick is the real deal, or as real as it gets in this early-21st-century version of cybernetics. Twelve years ago, he had a radio frequency ID implanted in his arm, and now he can turn on lights and sound alarms just by snapping his fingers (there are many such applications for this), and he once let his cybernetic wife take control of his body with her brain waves (insert old-married-couple joke here). But seriously: Motherboard.tv, who recently interviewed Kevin, explains that he doesn't want to make Terminators, he wants to make better people:

Warwick is certain that without upgrading, humans will someday fall behind the advances of the robots they're building "“ or worse. "Someday we'll switch on that machine, and we won't be able to switch it off." That might explain why he has very little technology at home, and counts The Terminator among his biggest influences. He doesn't want to become a robot; he wants to be a better human. Augmenting human ability, not transforming into an automaton, is, after all, the basis of the "cyborg."

Find out for yourself by watching the full interview below.

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The Origins of 36 Marvel Characters, Illustrated
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No matter what their powers, every super hero has an origin story, from Spider-Man’s radioactive bite to Iron Man’s life-threatening chest shrapnel. In their latest poster, the designers at Pop Chart Lab have taken their infographic savvy to the Marvel Universe, charting the heroic origins of 36 different Marvel characters through miniature, minimalist comics.

Without using any words, they’ve managed to illustrate Bucky Barnes's plane explosion and subsequent transformation into the Winter Soldier, Jessica Jones’s car crash, the death of the Punisher’s family, and other classic stories from the major Marvel canon while paying tribute to the comic book form.

Explore the poster below, and see a zoomable version on Pop Chart Lab’s website.

A poster featuring 36 minimalist illustrations of superhero origin stories.
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Keep your eyes open for future Marvel-Pop Chart crossovers. The Marvel Origins: A Sequential Compendium poster is “the first release of what we hope to be a marvelous partnership,” as Pop Chart Lab’s Galvin Chow puts it. Prints are available for pre-order starting at $37 and are scheduled to start shipping on March 8.

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