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Cogs is short for Cogmission, which is what Drakanica called him after realising how forgetful he is. This she sorts out with memory chips, (like the SimStim chips from William Gibson’s book Neuromancer et al. ‘Short-term’ and ‘long term’ chips plug into the back of his head. Most of them have little to do with his own experiences, but are rather like movie downloads from the net.
- Interestingly, here life is also following art. Check out this interesting interview with neuroscientist Moran Cerf – he speaks of how they are actually starting to use chips in neuroscience to fix the problem of faltering brains in Alzheimers patients and people generally losing cognitive ability due to old age. The info is at 46:36, if you want to scoot on ahead. This interview was posted to YouTube in 2017.
Although Cogs doesn’t seem all that clever, he is oddly wise and is seen as a shaman and healer. So he’s a ‘holy fool’ as exemplified by Chance the gardener, Peter Sellers’ character in ‘Being There’.
Unlike Drakanica who is more of a feet-on-the-ground, logical scientist, too busy to listen to anyone, the little owl is respected as someone who heals by listening carefully and never interrupting. This is because sometimes he himself is mulling over lost info about the goings-on in the Mall and sometimes because he’s asleep or meditating. Most of the time he’s rather old-school, grumpy and brusque, like Mr Carson in Downton Abbey – deeply suspicious of the others whom he suspects of laughing at him behind his back. This is sometimes true.
Admiring power of any kind, when Sheena seizes control of the Mall, previously his undisputed domain, he grudgingly cedes power to her and becomes her more or less innocent collaborator.
Conflict happens between Cogs and:
- Scribble: because he thinks he’s a badly brought-up little (bleep) and ignorant with it – if only Scribble realised it, then he shouldn’t be quite so brash and confident around his ‘betters’;
- Drakanica: because he takes her help for granted, often forgetting how much she does; and because she has to keep an eye on his cog to see whether he’s still present. Sometimes the chips itch and he takes them out…
- Sheena because there is a wary, resentful acceptance of her coup in the Mall which was previously his domain. This acceptance becomes whole-hearted when his chips are missing.
- Rough concept drawings for Cogs
- Exploring the character further
- Some research for the feet
- Most of Cogs' brain is electronic
- Carson of Downton Abbey fame - reflects Cogs in stern/fierce mode
- Chance the gardener from 'Being There', is the vague, 'absent' version of Cogs
- A pastiche of the various facets of Cogs
- Final version of Cogs in 2D
- COGS in fake 3D
- COGS at the movies