The idea that humans will begin experimenting with technological implants in our bodies has been the stuff of science fiction for years. However, humans have already been using cochlear implants, pacemakers, and other internal tech since the 1980s. These devices have become commonplace, yet the idea of enhancing the human body for reasons other than health have yet to be fully explored. Now that technology is getting smaller and smaller, that science fiction is finally becoming a reality. Here are some of the ways that internal tech could soon be infiltrating our bodies.
Augmented reality never took off the way tech experts predicted. Google Glass cracked before it ever had a chance in the market, and the technology was always a little more bloated and complicated than was practical. What’s the best way to get around those problems? Have the augment reality take place right on a contact lens. Companies have already begun working on prototypes of this technology, which could radically alter the way people see the world by displaying information directly in front of them.
On the truly practical side of things, new pacemakers are being developed that can be installed on the left ventricle of a heart in a way that’s patient-specfic. It will relay an ultrasound of each and every heartbeat and provide huge swathes of information for doctors. It can then regulate the heart perfectly. More recently, advanced brain implants are using electrodes connected to a battery-operated pulse-generator in the chest to send signals from between the brain and the body to stimulate areas that are affected by conditions such as depression, OCD, schizophrenia, and other severe disorders.
There are also people using implants for less serious pursuits. Certain communities are finding lots of inventive ways to modify their bodies using digital implants. Some people are placing devices in their hands so that they can control technology using only their gestures. Others are installing biomagnets that help them pick up and manipulate objects. There are also those who are getting digital tattoos that have increased capabilities like unlocking doors, transfer data with a handshake, and monitor your health.
The future of hacking might have more to do with your body than a computer.
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