Biohacking: Personal Tech’s Possible Future
Artificial hearts, bionic eyes and audio implants are all very real and medically relevant. What about the questionable fringe? Welcome to biohacking.
Fascinating examples of the merger of man and machine keep popping up. Most intriguing are DIY stories like a 5-yr-old’s 3D-printed robotic hand, or the biohacker/grinder who implanted headphones in his ears. But the real rabbit hole is transhumanism.
This cultural and intellectual movement explores technologies to enhance human capacities. It studies the potential benefits and dangers of overcoming human limits. They predict humans may eventually acquire such greatly expanded abilities as to merit the label “posthuman.”
Sound far-fetched? Bizarre? Given society's fascination with appearance tweaking and performance enhancing, from plastic surgery and piercing to steroids and quantified self; plus mainstream adoption of medical implants, self-trackers, smart devices and wearables; is human hacking the inevitable next step?
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- Can the next evolution of computing, connectivity and smart technology get even more personal and somewhat peculiar as medical advancements and innocent gadgets open the door for mechanical make-overs?
- What’s the line between prosthetic and peripheral? When is the motive medical vs. a curiosity to customize? Are there gray areas?
- Beyond medical remedies, super powers and good old fashion fun, are there legitimate health and wellness benefits to biohacking?
- What’s the potential for biohacking and transhumanism to go from subculture tinkering to mainstream adoption?
- Are there potential social and ethical implications?
- Jason Levy Saatchi & Saatchi Health & Wellness
Jason Levy Saatchi & Saatchi Health & Wellness
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