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August 24, 2017
Cyber Pop: Biohacking
August 24, 2017
In the not so distant past, opening doors with a wave of our hand seemed like something you’d see only in a Harry Potter film. Now, with biohacking, this ability has become possible. We are modifying human bodies to meet our technological needs. By embedding a microchip under your finger, you can open doors, unlock your computer, and even make purchases. Visionaries are thinking beyond these simple tasks to a future where keys and credit cards are obsolete.
What is biohacking?Biohacking has been defined as a practice of combining biology with hacker ethics. That is, any advanced technique that uses science and technology to change human capabilities. A popular method is implanting a microchip under the skin on your finger.The idea behind it is that you can improve your biological makeup, similar to how you would improve your computer by upgrading the software. Those who participate in biohacking are considered ‘grinders.’ They ‘hack’ their own bodies in order to improve them with do-it-yourself cybernetic devices.“Many grinders identify with the biopunk movement, open-source transhumanism, and techno-progressivism. The Grinder movement is strongly associated with the body modification movement and practices actual implantation of cybernetic devices in organic bodies as a method of working towards transhumanism, such as designing and installing do-it-yourself body-enhancements such as magnetic implants.”
What is an example in recent news?Alexander Volchek, who is an obstetrician/gynecologist, has already implanted at least six microchips underneath his skin in an attempt to turn his body into a ‘multi-functional gadget’ with the ability to perform various tasks with the wave of his hands, such as opening doors and automatically paying bills.So far, his implanted chips include:
- Two chip to enter his office
- One transport chip
- Two memory cards for storing almost a kilobyte of information
- One control card for a Siberian ski resort