"The Augmented Human"


An article on the future of bioengineering is both fascinating and just a little creepy. It features some of the more-than-human abilities our cyborg grandchildren will enjoy.
Among the highlights:

  • An implanted microchip in the brain will allow a person to send brain signals and control machines.
  • Contact lenses that will monitor blood pressure and blood sugar.
  • A wireless transmitter implanted in a tooth that will act as both speaker and microphone for a cellphone by sending soundwaves to the eardrum.
  • A prescription dispenser—implanted in the chest—that monitors body chemistry and releases drugs into your body when you need them.
  • Implants that will rejuvenate paralyzed muscles, damaged brain tissue and hearing nerves in the ear.

Now, this all sounds promising, but anyone who’s ever read a science-fiction novel has to be a little uneasy.

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7 Responses to "The Augmented Human"

  1. Monkey says:

    A prescription dispenser—implanted in the chest—that monitors body chemistry and releases drugs into your body when you need them.

    This scares the crap out of me!!

  2. Jimmy says:

    No kidding. I believe there is also an implant that makes you say “I love Big Brother.”

  3. Davis says:

    What’s with the litle flowers, Mr. Happy-Pants?

  4. Jimmy says:

    It’s part of the template, loser. I could use boobies next time if that would be more manly.

  5. Monkey says:

    Boobies! I love boobies.

  6. Steph says:

    Oh my goodness.

    Jimmy, it’s ok to like flowers. Give in. Just accept it.

    Ha, if we could make our bullet points into whatever we wanted, that would be awesome.

  7. Shane says:

    I agree that for all the “benefits, the thought of any kind of implant, and with the control that would give a government, would freak me out.

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