Published on 19th February 2019

Futurists

  • DIY brainhacker Andrew Vladimirov uses magnetic fields, ultra sound and electric stimulation of the brain in order to enhance its performance.

  • Rob Spence lost an eye as a child during a shooting accident. Seeking to push the boundaries of what a prosthetic eye could be, he placed a small camera inside the eye, the images from which can be live streamed onto a remote screen.

  • James Young, an amputee, created a hi-tech prosthetic arm inspired by computer game Metal Gear Solid. The arm boasts several features including a usb port for charging his phone, lights which pulse in time with his heartbeat and even a mount for a tiny drone which can be controlled from a panel on the forearm.

  • Sasha wears a homemade device nicknamed “the God helmet” which delivers electrical currents to the brain altering the wearers mood.

  • By implanting an RFID transponder under the skin users can program their transponders to enable them to enter their homes, unlock and start their vehicles, log into computers, etc. Amal Graafstra is a professional implanter and regularly hosts ‘chipping parties’ .

  • Kevin Warwick is widely regarded as the first cyborg. He has undertaken several experiments on himself, the one he demonstrates here shows how a bionic hand can mirror the movements of his left hand by communicating with a chip implanted into his left wrist. In another experiment he connected his nervous system to his wife’s so he could feel her gestures stating it was "more intimate than sex".

  • Skinterface aims to make skin an interface to the digital world so the wearer can ‘feel’ the virtual.

  • Benjamin Engel is in the early stages of implanting a bone conduction skull implant which will enable him to sense the mood of the internet. The device will vibrate in accordance with twitter trends in real time allowing him to ‘feel’ the mood of the internet.

  • Born with a severe form of colour blindness, Neil Harbisson had an antenna surgically implanted into his skull which allows him to hear colours.  For example, blue sounds like the musical note middle C. In addition to a human scale of colour perception he is also able to interpret infra-red and ultra violet light.

  • The echo-location headphones allow the user to experience space through parametric sound similar to the way bats, whales and dolphins locate and identify objects for navigation and hunting.

  • Moon Ribas has developed a sensor which is implanted in her elbow and vibrates whenever there is an earthquake. The implant allows her to feel global seismic activity in real time.

  • Dr Caroline Falconer is developing ways to treat depression using virtual reality. Patients react to a virtual crying child with whom they then change places, the aim being to cultivate self-compassion.

  • Pushkin is a brain controlled robot operated by the thought patterns of the wearer of an EEG skull cap.

  • Anders Sandberg is a research fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute, Oxford University. His work covers long range research into the future of our species.

  • Aubrey de Grey studies the process of ageing. It is his belief that humans might eventually live to the age of 1,000 years, a belief he claims founded not on faith, but on science.

    He states that when technology has advanced enough it will be possible to bring about the indefinite postponement of ageing.

  • Natasha Vita-More, author of the Transhumanist Manifesto

  • Alexei Turchin has spent several years researching and planning a roadmap to immortality, the map features a Plan A, Plan B, C and even D, all of which run simultaneously in case one of the plans should fail.

    Plan A focuses on life extension through health and includes advice such as “wear a seatbelt” or “make friends with a bio-scientist”. If this plan were to fail, Plan B moves onto more complex issues around cryogenic preservation, Plan C looks at digital immortality and plan D explores the notion that immortality already exists.

  • Sophia is one of the worlds most advanced humanoid robots capable of displaying over 50 facial expressions.

  • Nick Bostrom is Director of the Future of Humanity Institute, Oxford University. His work concentrates on staving off future catastrophes that threaten humanity. Top of the threat list is artificial intelligence and the idea that a super-intelligence could threaten our very survival.

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