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How 'Silicon Valley' Used a Masturbating Monkey to Explore the Complexities of Morality and Technology

By Vivian Kane | TV | May 11, 2015 |

By Vivian Kane | TV | May 11, 2015 |



Last night’s Silicon Valley did that thing it does so well: discuss complex issues in science and technology by way of talking about penises and/or bodily waste.

Meet Kiko.
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Kiko lost his arms to a land mine explosion in Nicaragua before being adopted by Gavin Belson’s scientists. Led by Davis Bannerchek (the never not creepy Patrick Fischler), the team has developed a nonsurgical magnet and brain sensor-powered prosthetic arm.
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This is clearly a technological wonder. However… take a moment to think about what you would expect a monkey to do with this new miracle arm.
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What’s the VERY first thing?
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Yup.
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And sure, we get it, Bannerchek. Technology isn’t inherently good or evil. Still, it’s hard not to apply our qualitative social judgements to a masturbating monkey. Or a… well, you can guess what the second thing that monkey’s gonna do is, right?
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Nothing like some high-tech poop launching.
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This has been Silicon Valley Talks Ethics and Moral Judgments In Technological Development Through Penises and Poop.
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