There is some controversy surrounding body hacking. How much should we mess with our biology? How safe is it to literally make ourselves cyborgs? Body hackers "believe technology has reached a point where it can improve the human body instead of just fixing what's broken" (NPR). But where do we stop? And where should we stop? These are all questions that have arisen in the body-hacking movement.
This camera lets him listen to colors. Yes, you read that right. It detects the most dominant color in front of him and translates it into a frequency that he hears as a musical note. He can also hear infrared and ultraviolet.
Australian performance artist Professor Stelarc has been growing a human ear on his arm, from a combination of his own flesh and an artificial implant. He has plans to make it more 3D, enable it with Wi-Fi and add a GPS tracker so people not with him can hear his conversations or even the concerts he attends.
Biohacking group Science for the Masses developed night vision eye drops, made from chlorin e6, insulin and dimethylsulfoxide. While one brave man tried them out and said he could "identify shapes the size of a hand 10 metres away in the dark, as well as pick out people hiding in the woods 50 metres away," ophthalmologists warn that the chemicals used in these drops are not safe for your eye.
Tim Cannon inserted this health tracker device in his skin as his own body-hacking experiment. It monitors his temperature and blood pressure and was designed to eventually work with a thermostat, controlling the temperature of a room based on the person's body temperature.
10. Implants in Action
WARNING: Graphic video of implant surgery.
The company, Grindhouse Wetware, released this video of its Northstar implants being surgically inserted. It's definitely creepy ”” after the chip is inserted, five LED lights show up under the skin of the person's hand.
We are definitely moving toward melding our bodies with technology. But how far should we take it? It might be easy to support this type of procedure if it leads to better health (i.e. a pacemaker), but what do you think about microchips and other inserts that are mere convenience boosters?