Botox Makes it Harder to Feel Emotions
Botox – one of the many self-cultivating tools people use in the effort to design themselves – works by paralyzing the muscles involved in producing facial expressions. Studies suggest that by doing so, it limits the ability to process the emotional content of language, and may lower the quality of emotional experiences.
Ocumetrics Bionic Lenses can Triple Your Eyesight Capability
Dr. Garth Webb, an optometrist from British Columbia, has invented the Ocumetics Bionic Lens: lenses that after being implanted through an eight minute surgery, improve eyesight up to threefold. These prosthetic lenses, besides transforming the individual who adopts them into a literal cyborg, prevent issues like cataracts, according to Dr. Webb.
Modafinil Boosts Your Brain
A pill that makes you smarter without causing harmful side-effects? Modafinil might be this “smart-drug”. The substance is generally prescribed to narcolepsy patients. Narcolepsy is a neurological disorder involving the loss of the brain’s ability to regulate sleep-wake cycles normally. Modafinil is designed to keep narcoleptic people awake but, when taken by a healthy person, it might boost alertness even further.
Tracking Employees’ Body Functions to Improve Business Performance
Across the U.K. many companies, such as banks, call centers and consultancies, are experimenting with new wearable devices to monitor employees, measuring their heart rate, stress levels, breathing, skin temperature, voices and body position.
Neil Harbisson is an artist who sees everything in grayscale due to a condition called achromatopsia or total color blindness. He may not see the range of shades but he hears them in vivid colors, thanks to an antenna implanted in his skull.
“I’ve been a cyborg for 10 years now. I don’t feel like I’m using technology, or wearing technology. I feel like I am technology. I don’t think of my antenna as a device – it’s a body part”.
A Tiny Trackpad That Fits on Your Nail
Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a tiny wireless trackpad that could easily fit on your finger nail. The prototype, named NailO, resembles sticker nail arts used as fashion accessory. The wireless tool allows the user to control any device by running their finger over the trackpad.
Hacking Human Cells to Use Solar Power
Our cells are not that different from a car engine: they depend on carbon-based fuels for energy. But using carbon for energy is an inefficient process. This is what the biotech startup BiPlastiq seeks to resolve, using solar energy instead of carbon and oxygen, by hacking our cells.
The founder of BiPlastiq, Christopher Powell believes that by hacking our mitochondrial structures to use solar energy, the power output of our bodies might increase dramatically. This upgrade could arguably transform human bodies into regenerative machines and extend human lives by decades.
The Future of Artificial Reproduction
The technology behind artificial reproduction is at a level that was unimaginable decades ago, we can now use artificial insemination or in vitro fertilization to create babies without having actual sex. In the future, according to researcher Dr Paul Turek and his team, we could go a step further and use artificial testicles to produce sperm cells.
Heart Tissue Grown with Spider Silk
Organs Could Self-Heal with Nanoneedles
Medical practices of the future could become much more efficient with the help of nanotechnology. During a recent experiment, an international team of scientists used nano-sized needles in order to promote production of new blood cells. If successful, this technology could be applied to the human body to repair damaged organs and nerves.
3D Printed Eyes with WiFi Connection
Nowadays 3D printing is increasingly used for medical purposes and body upgrades to design devices, implants, and a variety of customized prosthetics, from a 3D printed face, to a skull, and even organs.
In the future we may look at the world with new – artificial, 3D printed – eyes. Italian research studio MHOX is working on EYE, a 3D bioprinted sight augmentation. The project envisions the removal of the natural visual system and its replacement with a digitally designed 3D printed one. The original retina would be replaced by a new artificial network, able to offer enhanced vision, WiFi connection and the possibility to record video and take pictures.