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Thursday, September 15, 2005

"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.

6 Comments:

Blogger Monkey said...

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!!

8:29 AM  
Blogger Jimmy said...

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

1:10 PM  
Blogger Davis said...

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

10:01 PM  
Blogger Jimmy said...

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

10:54 PM  
Blogger Monkey said...

Boobies! I love boobies.

5:18 PM  
Blogger Steph said...

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.

10:13 AM  

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