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Body-hackers: The People Who Turn Themselves into Cyborgs

“Not content with their version 1.0 bodies, biohackers are installing USB drives in their fingertips, giving themselves night-vision eyedrops and growing third ears on their arms (that can go online). Welcome to the world of DIY cyborgs,” writes Oliver Wainwright for the Guardian:

When the director of a research institute called the Alternate Anatomies laboratory says he’s got something up his sleeve, you can safely assume it’s not just a figure of speech.

For Professor Stelarc, an Australian performance artist whose previous party tricks have included using a robotic third arm and letting his muscles be remotely controlled by a computer, growing a human ear on his arm was the obvious next step. Now, he wants to connect it to the internet.

Nine years in the making, Stelarc’s third ear is part surgically modelled, part grown from his own flesh – the result of an artificial implant that’s been left to fuse with his body.

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Biohackers on “Grinders,” Van Gogh’s Other Ear and the Augmented Self at Techonomy

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via Re/Code:

Eri Gentry, who works at the Institute for the Future and co-founded something called BioCurious, asked the audience at the Techonomy Conference if they “knew about Grinders.”

Not the gay hookup app, she clarified. She meant the hackers who have begun to implant devices into their own bodies. The ones who design human-safe sensors, cut open their own arms or fingertips, insert said sensor, and sew themselves back up, without anesthesia.

“They’re raring to go!” Gentry said. And they’re not interested in waiting for multimillion-dollar clinical trials.

The Techonomy conference — an annual mix of mainstream technologists, CEOs and fringe futurists at the luxe Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay, Calif. — attracts an eclectic group, from the new Coursera CEO to a Pinterest-star representative. The founder, reporter David Kirkpatrick, wore a bright pink-and-green paisley shirt for his interviews with guests, who included LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel.

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Man Implants Bluetooth-Connected Computer Chip In His Arm

biohacker Via Motherboard, a preview of where you will be in ten years:
Tim Cannon got what is likely the first-ever computer chip implant that can record and transmit his biometrical data. With a battery that can be wirelessly charged, Cannon had it implanted directly under his skin by a fellow biohacking enthusiast, not a doctor, and without anesthesia. Called the Circadia 1.0, the implant can record data from Cannon's body and transfer it to any Android-powered mobile device. In a few months, the first production series of the Circadia chip should be ready. With an expected price of around $500, the chip should be relatively accessible for just about any enthusiast, and will mainly be distributed through the networks of the body modification community.
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Brave New Biohacking

GH LogoShadJessica Firger describes the cyberpunk underground science dungeon making history with a biosensor device, for Al Jazeera America:

PITTSBURGH — In the basement of a suburban two-story house on a quiet road just outside Pittsburgh, six mostly self-taught scientists tinker with an assortment of computer parts and electric equipment. They plan one day on becoming cyborgs — a future that may be closer than you think.

They are Grindhouse Wetware — three men and three women — and they describe themselves as a “ragtag group of programmers, engineers and enthusiasts” who build cybernetic devices. They find inspiration in both current technology and science fiction.

“I don’t want to go to space in a spaceship. I want to be a spaceship,” said Tim Cannon, Grindhouse’s 34-year-old co-founder whose basement serves as the group’s headquarters and scientific lab.

Today, at an international body-modification conference in Essen, Germany, Grindhouse will make history as the first in the DIY-science community — i.e., not affiliated with any academic institution or corporation — to develop and implant an interactive electronic device in a human being.

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Some Thoughts About DIY Transhumanism

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This article is mainly intended to discuss ideas regarding DIY human augmentation (extending human senses, access to information, access to tools, ultimately increasing effective human intelligence, therapeutic devices) beyond the high-risk fashion accessory level, ideas about possible experiments in this area within the scope of available electronic technology for people already thinking about these concepts, and ways to make such experimentation safer for people who want to do this in the real world.

My perspective on this at this point is as an outsider contemplating future hands-on involvement, so what I know is based on online research. I’d like to hear from people who are doing this.

Advocacy is not enough to bring the promises of Transhumanism to fruition. Spinning visions of a future that can not naturally evolve from the techno-capitalist system as we know it today is not enough to persuade people that change is unnecessary because technocapitalism will bring the Miracles of The Future automatically to your doorstep with the invisible fine print saying “if you’re one of the super-rich who can afford it” That’s why they currently fund it.… Read the rest

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