RISE of the Human Cyborg – THOUSANDS Will Be Implanted


It may sound like the beginning of a science-fiction novel, but in fact it is a recollection of real events, by bio-hacker Hannes Sjoblad.

Hannes Sjoblad organised an implant party, which took place in late November and was one of several he has arranged, BBC news reported.

At it, eight volunteers were implanted with a small RFID (radio frequency identification) chip under the skin in their hand. Mr Sjoblad also has one.

He is starting small, aiming to get 100 volunteers signed up in the coming few months, with 50 people already implanted. But his vision is much bigger.

“Then will be a 1,000, then 10,000. I am convinced that this technology is here to stay and we will think it nothing strange to have an implant in their hand.”

Volunteers are recruited through social media and hacker communities, people that are used to tinkering with technology.

Currently the chip is said to be a simple security interface, allowing users to open their door without a key, although to do so they need to buy a new door lock, which are at the moment still expensive.

With a tweak to an Android phone, it can also unlock the device.

But there is potential beyond that.

“I believe we have just started discovering the things we can do with this,” Mr Sjoblad says.

Acccording to The Scientific American, scientists combined a brain-computer interface with an optogenetic switch to create the first ever brain-gene interface.

A team of bioengineers in Switzerland has taken the first step toward this cyborglike setup by combining a brain-computer interface with a synthetic biological implant, allowing a genetic switch to be operated by brain activity.

The group started with a typical brain-computer interface, an electrode cap that can register subjects’ brain activity and transmit signals to another electronic device.

The implant uses a cutting-edge technology known as optogenetics. The researchers inserted bacterial genes into human kidney cells, causing them to produce light-sensitive proteins.

Then they bioengineered the cells so that stimulating them with light triggers a string of molecular reactions that ultimately produces a protein called secreted alkaline phosphatase (SEAP), which is easily detectable.

It is already in devices such as mobile phones and credit cards, is widely used in industry and is even used to identify household pets.

“Curiosity is one of the biggest drivers for us humans. I come from a maker hacker culture and I just want to see what I can do with this.” Mr Sjoblad said.

For those who decide life as a cyborg isn’t for them, Mr Sjoblad claims the procedure is reversible.

But he has no intention of removing his.

“We’ve been putting chips in animals for 20 years,” he points out.

Now they are claiming it is the turn of the humans.

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