This Is the First Hacker To Hack the Human Body
On this episode of “Things I Learned Today,” I learned about a man named Tim Cannon, an aspiring cyborg who’s begun the process of hacking into his body in hopes to enhance it. Cannon placed a large computer chip into his arm to hack the human body, and is now communicating with the chip wirelessly via bluetooth.
The American Medical Association frowns upon modifying the body in any way that is considered unnatural (or unpleasing to others, obviously seeing as breast augmentation and other forms of plastic surgery are apparently fine somehow), and what Cannon has done is not medically approved. The procedure was done in Germany, by Steve Haworth, a “flesh engineer” that has been doing body augmentations for over 20 years. He is not, however, an actual doctor.
Tim also did the process “raw dog” (without any anesthetics).
The hope is that the process will give him further insight into his own body, so that he can monitor his vital signs and other information such as his level of stress, and turn that data into something usable in the future to improve his life. Tim states that he’s wanted to be a robot since he was a kid, and believes that the human body has too many flaws to not at least attempt fixing them. He plans to do this in any way he can, including turning himself into a cyborg.
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