Biohackers Are Already Experimenting With Bionic Eye Technology

Samsung has joined Google in the race for smart contact lens development, and as the field of bionic optics continues to explode, it seems a matter of time until the internet itself is projected onto the world around us, providing us with as much real-time information about what we are seeing as we so choose.

As it does, our consciousness will expand to include the collective human knowledge of the world around us to such an extent that it defies imagination.

Bionic Eyes On The Rise

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The Implications Of The Exoskeleton

In addition to upgrading our biological 'software' through an integrated UI provided through bionics, it seems we will also be in for some serious 'hardware' upgrades.

Harvard's bionics lab has developed a remarkably integrated exoskeleton suit that's already been hailed for its potential military applications.

While the advancement of bionics do present some real dangers, there is reason to be optimistic that as we become more integrated with the technologies that allow us to interact in new and interesting ways, we will find a new basis for connection, empathy, and innovation.

While we can't slow technological progress down, or force society to regress to a more primitive way of life, we can take steps to ensure that bionics will be used intelligently, responsibility, and to benefit as many humans in as profound a way as possible.

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The Bionics Revolution:The Power To See Without Eyes

Like it or not, the access to information that technology provides is rapidly becoming a more intimate part of our lives. As computers have migrated from entire buildings, to desks, to laps, to pockets, to wrists, they beg the question: where will they go next?To top technologists, the answer is evident. Computers will go from simply getting closer to us, to becoming part of us. Cranial implants have already become common for the handicapped, with remarkable success. Bionic eyes are now being developed to provide sight to the blind.But, recreating sight will have implications that extend far beyond the visually impaired. Bionic eyes may well provide the foundation for a new world of knowledge -- the ultimate graphical user interface. Considering bionics can already provide a graphical representation of a user’s surroundings, what’s to stop engineers from interlacing data with those graphics?The time may soon come that when I look at you, I can also see your Facebook page,  latest tweets, your Linkedin professional network, your real-time GPS location if you happen to be behind a wall, and where you checked into Yelp for lunch, if, that is, you’ve set that information to be available publicly. But, why wouldn’t you? Odds are, you’ve already made that information accessible to those you trust through a quick Google search.    By simply replacing one eye for a bionic one, it may well be possible to open up a whole new world of information, data, connection, communication, and knowledge. Sound scary or intrusive? New technology always does. Rest assured, the fields of information security, privacy, and encryption are growing even faster than bionics. As years pass, the tools available to keep information from outsiders, while making it available to those we trust will only multiply.

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Like it or not, the access to information that technology provides is rapidly becoming a more intimate part of our lives. As computers have migrated from entire buildings, to desks, to laps, to pockets, to wrists, they beg the question: where will they go next?

 

To top technologists, the answer is evident. Computers will go from simply getting closer to us, to becoming part of us. Cranial implants have already become common for the handicapped, with remarkable success. Bionic eyes are now being developed to provide sight to the blind.

 

But, recreating sight will have implications that extend far beyond the visually impaired. Bionic eyes may well provide the foundation for a new world of knowledge -- the ultimate graphical user interface. Considering bionics can already provide a graphical representation of a user’s surroundings, what’s to stop engineers from interlacing data with those graphics?

 

The time may soon come that when I look at you, I can also see your Facebook page,  latest tweets, your Linkedin professional network, your real-time GPS location if you happen to be behind a wall, and where you checked into Yelp for lunch, if, that is, you’ve set that information to be available publicly. But, why wouldn’t you? Odds are, you’ve already made that information accessible to those you trust through a quick Google search.

 

    By simply replacing one eye for a bionic one, it may well be possible to open up a whole new world of information, data, connection, communication, and knowledge. Sound scary or intrusive? New technology always does. Rest assured, the fields of information security, privacy, and encryption are growing even faster than bionics. As years pass, the tools available to keep information from outsiders, while making it available to those we trust will only multiply

The Bionics Revolution:

The Power To See Without Eyes

Like it or not, the access to information that technology provides is rapidly becoming a more intimate part of our lives. As computers have migrated from entire buildings, to desks, to laps, to pockets, to wrists, they beg the question: where will they go next?

To top technologists, the answer is evident. Computers will go from simply getting closer to us, to becoming part of us. Cranial implants have already become common for the handicapped, with remarkable success. Bionic eyes are now being developed to provide sight to the blind.

But, recreating sight will have implications that extend far beyond the visually impaired. Bionic eyes may well provide the foundation for a new world of knowledge -- the ultimate graphical user interface. Considering bionics can already provide a graphical representation of a user’s surroundings, what’s to stop engineers from interlacing data with those graphics?

The time may soon come that when I look at you, I can also see your Facebook page,  latest tweets, your Linkedin professional network, your real-time GPS location if you happen to be behind a wall, and where you checked into Yelp for lunch, if, that is, you’ve set that information to be available publicly. But, why wouldn’t you? Odds are, you’ve already made that information accessible to those you trust through a quick Google search.

    By simply replacing one eye for a bionic one, it may well be possible to open up a whole new world of information, data, connection, communication, and knowledge. Sound scary or intrusive? New technology always does. Rest assured, the fields of information security, privacy, and encryption are growing even faster than bionics. As years pass, the tools available to keep information from outsiders, while making it available to those we trust will only multiply.

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