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Mark Atwood
A thought on body hacking
Body hacking sounds like a neat idea. But I would really like to have revision control.

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elfs From: elfs Date: July 25th, 2007 04:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Now there's an idea. Nah, don't have time.
docorion From: docorion Date: July 25th, 2007 04:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree; I used to think that body hacking was unlike computer hacking in that respect, but I've come to the idea that even computer hacking leaves scars sometimes. Unfortunately, with body hacking there is no option to delete everything and re-install the base system from scratch if needed :-)
tcepsa From: tcepsa Date: July 25th, 2007 04:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I find the lack of source control kind of unnerving... ^_^
hipgnosis6 From: hipgnosis6 Date: July 25th, 2007 06:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
We talked about what you're terming "body hacking" pretty extensively in my Cyborg Anthropology class (ah, gotta love upper division Anth!). It's.... got potential. However, I think before the idea becomes really accepted, we will have more control and better ability to return to the previous state. Or at least that's what I'd need to be comofortable with physically hacking myself.

We called this "posthumanism" instead of trans. I think transhumanism is more along what body hacking is about, but it could lead to more radical states; the Extroprian ideal involves leaving behind our "wetware" altogether in favor of seeking hardware-based immortality. Crazy business, yeah? I'm pretty sure that I'd opt to not download myself into a computer brain. I'm rather attached to my meat-self.
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