Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 31st Oct 2017 00:55 UTC
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Earlier this year I went to an event in Austin, Texas, billed as a sneak preview of the evolution of our species. The #Bdyhax Conference, which took place in a downtown exhibition complex, promised a front-row insight into the coming "singularity" - that nirvana foretold by science fiction in which biology and technology would fuse and revolutionise human capability and experience.

The headline acts of the conference were mostly bodyhackers - DIY experimenters who, in their basements and garages, seek to enhance their own flesh and blood with biometric implants and cognitive enablers. These brave pioneers were extending their senses, overcoming physical limitation, Dan-Daring themselves and the rest of us into the future.

This will only get more advanced as the years go by. For now, actual technological augmentations and implants are mostly reserved for people who actually need them - things like prosthetic legs or a pacemaker - but eventually, we'll start to develop augmentations to enhance the senses or abilities of the human body for people who are otherwise healthy.

Your body, your rules, but scary nonetheless.

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Still pushing bullshit
by Megol on Tue 31st Oct 2017 16:15 UTC
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Look around the web and see that what most "body hackers" do is implant magnets. Ridiculous and potentially dangerous to themselves and others (MRI + material with any ferro-magnetic properties doesn't mix). How is that more than a trivial body modification?

The "cyborg" from UK (will not mention his name) implanted a chip in his arm. It did't do anything of course other than give him a PR boost. Real scientists doing real research have done actual machine-human interfaces long ago. For example look at the brain implant that have actually allowed a blind person to see - in the 80's. Animal research in brain-machine interfacing is from at least the 70's.

But why not go for things that actually exist and are used widely today?

Cochlear implants
Insulin pumps
Brain implants to manage pain/uncontrollable shaking/seizures

Or even more common:

What the amateurs do isn't anything new or interesting. People have been into body modification for a long time. But we have actual living cyborgs among us and nobody notices.

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