Posted By Hermione Way on Sept 19, 2014
Wearables are in vogue right now, but in reality the era of ‘wearables’ is just a stepping stone for a bigger trend of what the technology industry calls ‘The Singularity,’ the meeting point at where computers and humans converge.
The trend of consumer technology over the past 60 years has become smaller and more powerful over time. The end result of this should be that technology is seamlessly integrated into our everyday lives via our bodies. For example, Google Glass should not be extra hardware that you have to wear on your head, but rather their technology should be either integrated via contact lenses or accessible via a chip implanted in our brains. At first you might think this is extreme, but the problem with Google Glass is while the augmented reality experience is supposed to be seamless, the hardware gets in the way.
Here’s an in-depth definition of The Singularity:
“The technological singularity is the hypothesis that accelerating progress in technologies will cause a runaway effect wherein artificial intelligence will exceed human intellectual capacity and control, thus radically changing or even ending civilization in an event called the singularity. Because the capabilities of such an intelligence may be difficult for a human to comprehend, the technological singularity is often seen as an occurrence beyond which the forthcoming course of human history would be unpredictable or even unfathomable.”
There are some clear trends happening right now that illustrate we are already in the post era of wearables – lets explore them below:
Biohacking is the practice of engaging biology with the hacker ethic.Biohacking encompasses a wide spectrum of practices and movements ranging from Grinders who design and install do-it-yourself body-enhancements such as magnetic implants to do-it-yourself biologists who conduct at-home gene sequencing. Biohacking emerged in a growing trend of non-institutional science and technology development.Many biohacking activists, or biohackers, identify with the biopunk movement as well as transhumanism and techno-progressivism.
A cyborg is a being with both organic and biomechatronic parts. The innovation that’s happening in prosthetics alone means we are already mixing in a society with many cyborgs. Take Sarah, the 29-year-old who was born deaf hearing herself hear for the first time ever because of an implant, or the color blind man who inserted a chip into his forehead so he could continue life in colour.
New stories like these are happening every day all around us and continue to grow. Would you swap your iPhone for a small implant in the end of your finger if it meant having the full functionality of your phone without having to carry or charge your phone? I know I would!
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