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  1. Dear Thabo,

    I read your article and watched the videos with intense interest. While the concept of self-implanted devices for human enhancement sounds like science-fiction, the cyborgs are becoming real! That’s defining a cyborg as a human with extended physical abilities. But, devices implanted to repair the issues have been around for some time. For example, vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) for the treatment of epilepsy exists since the late 1990s. In your article, you mentioned that something new and improved for the treatment of epilepsy is being developed –devices that detect epileptic fits and automatically deliver drugs directly to the affected areas of the brain. That’s impressive!

    Thank you for an educational read. All the best,

    ~ Julia

    • Hello Julia,
      making this integration work is no easy feat, especially for materials scientists, who must shrink circuits radically, make flexible and stretchable electronics that are imperceptible to tissue, and find innovative ways to create interfaces with the body. That said, I think the advancement already shown in the field of self-implanted devices to “fix” what’s wrong with us is very encouraging and bodes well for the future of pain management and wellness. Thanks for checking in.

  2. Wow! What a coincidence! I saw a video about these human implants on my YouTube newsfeed, and I scroll past it thinking I would watch it later. And then I saw your post. And I knew I just had to read it.

    Sometimes, reading is better than watching a video. Don’t you agree? At the same time, as I read your article, I do appreciate the videos. They really help me to understand better as I can see what they are talking about.

    Coming back to the topic about implants for human enhancement. I believe it is just a matter of time. We have seen it all in the movies. And as I always tell people – science fiction can become science fact.

    And of course there is the eternal question – how does this affect the individual’s privacy? What are your thoughts on that?

    • Hello Tim,
      Actually one the big concerns about this developing field of self-implanted devices is whether someone would want a semiconductor chip introduced inside the body with all his or her information. Additionally, Who gets to decide if the information you are wearing under your skin is private or public? Who controls it? Who accesses it? For example, can your employer require you to add a chip for your job?  All these questions need to be answered as the the field of body hacking evolves. Thanks for checking in.  

  3. This is an amazing article with awesome information for people suffering with back pain, I know I live with back pain myself from time to time and I would try almost anything for even a little relief. This gives people another option for pain relief, I am sure this will interest and help many people besides myself
    Jeff

    • Hello Jeff,
      I’m so glad you found the article helpful. There are some people who are experimenting just for the sake of experimenting when it comes to the field of self implanting devices for human enhancement. However, I believe that the majority of research done in the field of body hacking and bio-hacking—something I’ll get into more details on my next post—will help many people to better manage their back pain. Thanks for checking in.

  4. Wow, Thabo, this is science fiction coming true.
    It’s all so strange to me, coming from someone who grew up without computers and electronics.
    It all seems so foreign, yet God gave these scientists the brilliance to discover new remedies, so if it can help people with severe issues, it’s great.
    I expect my grandchildren’s generation will find this all commonplace.
    Cheers,
    Suzanne

    • Hi Suzanne,
      In some ways what’s new is old. Consider that there was a time in most of the Western World were only the elite had information that was necessary to effectively understand or participate in government and most aspects of society. This was because only the elite had access to the majority of books and other legal documents. The printing press, however, changed all of that. Now anyone who could read had as much information about what was going on in his or her town or government as the elite. you’re right when you say God gave these scientists the brilliance to discover new remedies. I also think what’s going on is that some of these scientists are trying to create a world were technology gives everyone the ability to live a life that is as productive as anyone else regardless of physical limitations they may have. Thanks for checking in.

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