View Full Version : Type of Cyborg in Ghost in the Shell?
02-27-2011, 11:45 PM
Does anyone know if the Major (and the other cyborgs) in Ghost in the Shell keep their original, organic brains? Or do they download their neural pathways into cybernetic replacements?
Its been bothering me for a while, now - they talk about "cyberbrains", which (to me, at least) implies artificial brains. However, since GitS cyborgs need to breath, are vulnerable to knock out blows, etc., all of which seem to imply an organic brain. Does anyone know the official answer? Or is there one?
02-28-2011, 02:27 AM
IIRC in the manga the cyborgs retain their brains and spines—but it's been a while since I read it.
02-28-2011, 05:47 AM
I'm pretty sure it's mentioned in the anime that they have brains partially augmented with nanites. So while their brains haven't been replaced completely, they have been infused with nanoaugmentation. I think the Stand Alone Complex episode about the movie director's brain (and spine) in a box, the one the Tachikoma discovers, addressed it somewhat.
In an GIST SAC 2nd GIG there is Batou fighting Hideo Kuze in an episode, and Batou tries to cause Kuze's brain into a state of shock, by beating Kuze in the head with his fists. Anyway that's how I saw that episode of GIST SAC 2nd GIG, if you saw this episode differently I would love to hear your view, as I haven't figured out all of the the parts of the series after repeated viewings. GIST SAC is IMO a very complex and thrilling series, where you have to keep concerntrating on the little details. Hope my point of view helps.
03-01-2011, 10:55 AM
There was a cyberbrain being transported in a suitcase in one episode and it gave the impression of being organic but encased in metal (IIRC there were nutrient supplies etc). I also recall talk of a cyberbrain disease, neural hardening or something, which would imply organics.
03-01-2011, 02:59 PM
There's actually a supprising amount of information on Ghost in the Shell on Wikipedia. But I suppose the accuracy of that information depends on just how much you trust Wikipedia A cyberbrain (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_of_Ghost_in_the_Shell#Cyberbrains) (電脳, dennō) is a device in the fictional universe of Ghost in the Shell by Masamune Shirow (and also in Shirow's later work Real Drive) that acts as a self-contained module containing, protecting, and interfacing an artificially augmented brain. By being physically self-contained, the cyberbrain allows the artificially augmented brain inside to function or be physically stored inside a body, to be physically transferred between bodies, or to be temporarily stored or transported outside any body.
It also states that there are different levels of cyberization:
* Minimal cyberization, for the purposes of external memory and wireless communication, leaving the brain itself essentially identical to its biological form. Nano-scale interfaces are placed in the cerebellar region, permitting a pluggable interface, and allowing prosthetic parts to be upgraded. Physical improvements are limited to a very thin titanium shell around the cortex.
* Partial cyberization, replacing larger parts of the cortex with nanotechnological interfaces and computational elements. However, the autonomic systems of the brain remain intact, which is necessary to retain the "ghost" (the term used in the series to refer to the soul).
* Full cyberization, in some extreme cases of disease or accident, in which as much as 97% of the original brain is replaced with artificial elements.
03-02-2011, 06:48 PM
Thought Makoto could be 100% artificial now due to the laughing man incident from the original movie... that she can transfer her ghost into any cyber brain or stay in the net without a body to return to or occupy and use several different bodies at once.
dont they even have tech in the show where you can clone the ghost and keep a person alive forever...
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