When former DARPA chief Regina Dugan announced on stage last month that Facebook planned to build a brain computer interface to allow users to send their thoughts directly to the social network without a keyboard intermediary, it had all the Silicon Valley swagger of Facebook circa “move fast and break things.” With…
We all want to be our best selves. But what if you could add almost anything to your body and mind? A camera here, an exoskeleton there. This is the world that some biohackers imagine—one in which humans can extend their abilities beyond the limits biology has set for us. But what does that world look like?
The tires weigh 330 pounds, but they lift as easily as hula hoops in the hands of this Nordic god. In a puff of chalk, he hugs the rubber rings and scurries quickly through the sand. As he hoists the third and final tire onto the platform, he turns to the cheering crowd on Venice Beach: Who is the king? I am!
In colonial times, Benjamin Franklin was fond of keeping a list of "13 virtues." If he violeted one, he would check it off, and use it as motivation to improve his moral standing. He was an original body hacker.