Would you get a cyborg enhancement?

By | August 13, 2012
Once again, we are at a stage where ethics, safety, and politics are lagging behind technological developments. 

Getting yourself a 'magnetic sense' enhancement is not just about being able to enhance your sensory perception. Discussions about health implications (both benefits as well as potential long-term harm) aside, it's also about losing your tracability and privacy, and making yourself permanently identifiable. There's a reason why dog chips are so successful: you can positively identify a dog by it's chip. But humans do like to impersonate each other more than they do impersonate dogs – and this means, that with implanted chips, being able to forge chips is equivalent to being able to steal an identity. And that is doubtlessly the next step, once implants are used (even partially) in identifying people.

That said: is the price too high, given the lack of solutions offering protection of personal liberties and identities on an ethical and legal level?

/via +Kershaw Rustomji 

Reshared post from +Derya Unutmaz

With the advent of the smartphone, many Americans have grown used to the idea of having a computer on their person at all times. Wearable technologies like Google’s Project Glass are narrowing the boundary between us and our devices even further by attaching a computer to a person’s face and integrating the software directly into a user’s field of vision. The paradigm shift is reflected in the names of our dominant operating systems. Gone are Microsoft’s Windows into the digital world, replaced by a union of man and machine: the iPhone or Android.

For a small, growing community of technologists, none of this goes far enough…

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9 thoughts on “Would you get a cyborg enhancement?

  1. John Kirkpatrick

    The screws in my wrist, the rod in my leg, the glass dangling in front of my eyes, the smartphone reminding me of appointments – all make it much easier for me to consider being enhanced.  Especially if they come up with permanent replacements for my knees.  My eyes would be my second consideration.

  2. Jake Weisz

    I'm very happy to wear more computing equipment, but the most important distinction for me, is the ability to take it off. So, my answer is no.

  3. David Barron

    I'm certainly interested in the technology but I don't want anything implanted into my eyes. I'm more interested in a bio-medical implant that can tell me what's going on in my body, pulse, blood pressure, core temperature, blood sugar level, bio-rhythm. Perhaps something to boost memory too.


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