In November, I wrote about an NYU professor implanting a camera in the back of his head. In February, the professor had to have one of the posts supporting the camera removed. Though he tried to combat his body's rejection of the post with antibiotics and steroids, the pain became too much and he had to have it surgically removed. Determined to finish the year-long project, the professor has the camera tied around his neck until the wound heals and he can reinstall it.
Reinstall it? Are we talking about a computer or a human head? Though incorporating technology into the human body isn't completely unusual, this definitely pushes the limits. Technology and medicine have already combined together to aid in physical ailments. I recently got a tooth implant and was amazed by the process. My tooth was pulled and then a porous material was glued to my bone. My bone then grew into the porous material, organic and inorganic material combined. With this mixture, a fake tooth was attached to the implant. Instead of a fake tooth, what if I had implanted an electric device? What technology would be useful residing beside my teeth?
Though the photography professor's experiment didn't work, I'm glad he took a risk with technology and tried something new. It's worth noting that the professor had to go to a body-modification artist in a tattoo shop when originally implanting the camera because no doctor would agree to it. When it comes to artificial implants, many tests are performed before they are used on the public. I can understand this; you don't want to do more damage to someone who needs medical attention. But what the professor did could be considered more of an extreme body techno-art rather than medical aid. So should people be allowed to perform experiments with their bodies and insert all sorts of weird gadgets just to see how it will turn out? I say yes! The more experimentation, the better! Many freelance experiments might fail, but the experiments will spark new innovative ideas for the future. Cyborgs unite!
CURT FINCH has more than two decades of software development and distributed workforce management experience. In 1997, Curt created the world's first internet-based timesheet application and the foundation for the current Journyx product offering. Curt has a B.S. in Computer Science from Virginia Tech. His book, All Your Money, is available on Amazon. @curtfinch