THE APP THAT GIVES THE HUMAN BODY ABILITIES IT DOESN'T HAVE: BIO-HACKING
You can choose to be supported by the machines where your skills are limited. And would you chip in to gain abilities your body never had?
As humanity, we have been carrying on our medical work for thousands of years. However, while medicine is developing, it is not possible to understand what is right and what is wrong. In a not too distant time, we can point out that people are getting nails in their heads as a solution to headaches. Fortunately, it became clear that the application in question did not work.
The new’ medical ' trend is called bio-hacking, which aims to give the human body the capabilities it possesses. These studies include many applications, from inserting an NFC chip into the body to placing a compass in our chest. The medical world, on the other hand, still sees bio-hacking practices as a matter of debate.
The Victoria Derbyshire programme, broadcast on the BBC, listened to the stories of bio-hackers performing various bio-hacking practices from their own mouths. Liviu Babitz, Rich Lee and Luke Robert Mason answered the questions asked to them in the BBC's bio-hacking investigation and told their stories.
Liviu Babitz, 38, has been doing bio-hacking work with the company Cyborgnest, of which he is CEO. As a result of these studies, Babitz aims to give the human body new senses other than the 5 senses it has, and gives himself a navigation system similar to that of birds with the device he calls the Northern sense.
Babitz, who has a compass chip and a Bluetooth-enabled chip on his chest, gets a subtle vibration in his chest when he turns north. That way he can always find his way. He spoke about Babitz's bio-hacking work as follows::
‘You walk down the street looking at the phone in your hand. You want to go somewhere, but you don't even notice what's going on around you because you're looking at the screen all the way through until you get there.
Imagine that you don't need a phone, that you can travel the world like a bird. You'll always know exactly where you are. The visually impaired can easily find their way.’’
Rich Lee, a 40-year-old carpenter, has taken the business a step forward. Under the skin on Lee's fingers are magnets and NFC chips. He also has a body temperature meter on his forehead to keep track of his body temperature at all times. We are not talking about the earpiece implants in his ears.
About the bio-hacking work, Lee said, ‘We have all this knowledge about genetic engineering. I support the idea of being able to change our genes, or allow our genetics to be altered, just like getting a tattoo. I want to live in a biologically fluid society where people can change their innate characteristics." said.
Luke Robert Mason, director of Virtual Futures, which organizes future studies and events, said that there is a great interest in the controversial bio-hacking, but that bio-hacking applications have not yet progressed to a level that can be applied to a wide audience.
‘All we have seen is the first steps taken by a group of brave pioneers. Today's reality is far more experimental (painful) than it has been told publicly. A lot of lessons can be learned from the experiments that people do on themselves. In fact, the number of people who say bio-hackers have contributed to progress in wearable and health technologies is growing.’’