View Full Version : Ghost In The Shell Standalone Complex What exactly is a cyber brain?
03-12-2008, 06:21 PM
I watched the first series and 2nd Gig from start to finish with limited understanding of what was going on. But I never really grasped what a cyber brain was. Are they referring to a computer brain instead of a real human brain or what? Maybe they're talking about having a human brain inside a brain case where a memory chip is attached? I'm trying to get an understanding of it. How 'bout enlightening me? :confused:
Cyber yet organic to a point. Look at the first episode of GITS SAC where peoples heads get split open.
03-12-2008, 11:58 PM
Even though it's in an alternate timeline/universe, I've always felt that the first Ghost in the Shell movie does a better job of explaining all the core concepts of the GITS world. So if you haven't seen the first film, I'd recommend checking it out for a richer understanding of these aspects. Stand Alone Complex basically takes the technical ideas from the film and expands on them in different ways.
My understanding was that it was basically an organic brain with microcomputer enhancements (cybernetics) for things like communications, networking and visual/audio processing. These enhancements are a double edged sword - on one hand they increase the individuals performance, but they are susceptible to outside interference (hacking). This is shown several times in the GITS TV series where people are taken over, or their perceptions are altered via their cybernetic enhancements.
03-13-2008, 03:52 AM
Like the others have said, its basically computer components installed into and around the human brain. Done to allow wired and wireless connection to various networks directly through your mind. Also it allows interface with various cybernetic prosthetics a person my have.
It also acts as a safety precaution against death, as a cyberized brain can be easily removed and put in a prosthetic body if the original human body gets severely injured.
And being a computer system in itself (one with a direct link to a persons brain) it can be "hacked" and people can get "hijacked" as a result. That what "barriers" are all about, they're hard and soft ware firewalls to keep unwanted attacks out.
And I believe "Autistic Mode" as is often mentioned, has to do with completely shutting yourself off from online connection.
03-13-2008, 09:56 PM
Folks interested in more details about the world of Stand Alone Complex may want to give the Junichi Fujisaku novels a read (released by Dark Horse).
Like the TV series, all three books include "stand alone" stories and serials one's too. There's a foreword at the beginning of each book with a brief history of cyberbrain technology. The stories---both stand alone and serial---included details on the technology that weren't really touched on in the TV series.
That's what I liked most about the novels is that they filled in a number of blanks I had about the world of GitS. Also, they were delightful to read, if you enjoyed the TV series a great deal; they could've even animated a few of these stories. The descriptions of the characters and locales were a bit dry in some parts; which is why I recommend the novels to fans who have watched the entire TV run.
Of interest to the original poster, there was a character in one of the stories who waxed the nostalgic about the time he first got cyberbrain implants, why he had to wait so long to get them and how he copes with them now; he professes to being incapable of "net diving" without closing his eyes first.
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