Music:"S3 at 37signals: Lessons Learned" by Marcel Molina
"Body Hacking" by Quinn Norton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
One of the talks a few days ago here at OScon, was a session called "Body Hacking". The room was crowded, the speaker was interesting, and the topic was fascinating. I know I have people here on my f-list who are into transhumanism and/or medicine. Check this out:
Body Mods. Where are we now?
mainly cosmetic, but there are exceptions
functional body mods vs cosmetic body mods
genital piercing is a functional body mod
does surgery count? plastic surgery?
what about drugs and other meds?
Hacking is "freedom to act your will on a system".
What is body hacking? "Acting on yourself, with or without assistance, to enhance the function of your body or your perceptions."
The Make Magazine motto: "If you can't open it, you don't own it."
Are we ready for First Life furries?
Let's do some hacking! What can you do at home today?
Want a sixth sense? EM field sense
the speaker, Quinn Norton, had this done to her
implant rare earth magnet into the edge of the tip of the left ring finger
biosilicone sheathe over gold over a rare earth magnet
no anesthetic, so it was "art", not "surgery"
legal definition. "body artists" dont need to be a surgeon or certified physician
yes, it hurt to implant, a lot
the wonders of neuroplasticity! brain maps in a new sense
it takes time to sink in, takes training, but it is a novel sense
unexpected encounters with EM fields
can feel running motors, live wires, spinning HDs, and phone cords
cannot explain how it "felt"
now, why am I not going to tell you how to get one...
the sheath breached, scar tissue, sense failed
needed to be surgically removed
there is a theme of control, but also a perception of fungible self
this is Artur. he has a rare tumor
he got a CT scan, got the cd, downloaded & ran OSIRIX himself
built his own body visualization images
had his own surgical procedure videotaped
you can go to youtube, search for CT scan and MRI. People post their own medical imagery
"The Expert Patient"
you can get certified as an "expert patient"
doctors have mixed feelings about expert patients
studies have been done. expert patents have better long term outcomes.
is there a line between a bodyhacker and an expert patient?
technological sensors and telemetry
practitioners want to track data when the patient isnt in the clinic
glucometer, implanted or surface
advanced users and geeks
want to access and interp their own telemetry
want to publish their own telemetry to the net
High rez EEG scan and interp is now a consumer item!
"Emotiv" controller, 18 sensors, lots of DSPs
It can sense moods and emotional state
It can compute your facial expression
Will sell for about $200
It is game controller! There is a dev kit, it is currently closed.
Video games where your emotional state is an input
This can be interesting, if you are playing the Incredible Hulk game
What will hackers do with an open source version of this?
What will these devices makers do when toys and games expose disorders like skitzo, bipolar, depression?
Democratizing our bodies
We want to understand and want access to our own bodies, and our own data
Playing with this stuff is old fashioned geeky fun
Access to our own bodies is becoming a human rights issue
What counts as a sense?
EM senses, implanted magnets
direction sense, can buy a device from feelspace
Air Force has been playing with stuff for decades. They will try anything.
What about TMS? kind of a fake sense
transcraninal magnetic stimulation
there is an OpenTMS project!
induced mental states
night vision goggles
is the "driving scan" a sense?
Where treatment ends and enhancement begins
legally, FDA requires "pathlogize" something so can "treat" it.
anti-depressants, required pathologizing grief
stomach staples, required pathologizing obesity
sexual super powers
sex enhancer drugs
Slate article "The Beam In Your Eye"
pro athletes all get LASIK
Why is it that "Steriods bad, LASIK good"?
We've left treatment well behind
provigil exploding in popularity
it doesnt "feel good"
wakefullness and focus
pharmaceutical classism is coming. people who can get the drugs get ahead
who wants CUV1647?
the barbie drug. makes you tan, makes you lose weight, increases sex drive
we just need to make up a "disease" for it to "treat".
the FDA doesnt approve drugs that dont treat disease
But most of all, biggest deployed body enhancement is
"every child a superbeing"
a century ago, EVERYONE had the childhood diseases
if you didnt get them, you were a witch
the problem is timescale
we used to have generations to get used to each change
now we have decades, at best. soon, only years, or months...
messing with our brains made easy
Mitch Alman demos "The Brain Machine". it works, its cheap
there is EMDR, for PTSD
"Eye Movement Densensitizing Reprocessing"
It can be done with tools and techiques you already have.
computer and headphones
effect discovered by accident
changes the emotional response of memories
clinicians know it can be used for enhancement, but refuse to use it that way
It can be very dangerous! If you activate a bad memory when alone, you have no way out.
what are we doing soon?
direct interface is already here and growing fast
coch implants, vision implants, neuro pacemakers
already a guy who hacked the firmware in his own coch implant
lots and lots of tailored drugs. phara for intellegence, emotional fortitude, sleep, wakefulness, ...
"Elective Home Surgery FAQ" is online
Rise of a "Medical Black Market"
Its Your Body. But Is It?
your medical records, can you get them?
procedures, what can you get access to?
social transgression and transgressive communities. do we really want them to be the ones learning about this stuff?
arbitrary access to pharma, is currently already completely arbitrary, based on which doctor you get.
Dying? Living? Prospering?
This is the next "Open vs Proprietary Debate".
When biotech law locks up access to genes, tests, procedures, knowledge
KILLING PEOPLE AND CHILDREN
this is not theoretical, it is actual real killing people
This is a mess, much worse than high tech
Actual headline: "Meth lab in home yields 'hospital room'"
was used by the local uninsured community
cheaper, faster, more available, and more able then a "real doctor"
black market medicine is here, will only grow
even "universal health care" wont stop it
What do you do when medical ethics in your country don't allow the procedure that you want? Medical Tourism!
Should everyone have all the freedom they want? People will make themselves into people that you dont want to live with.
But Ethics Shmethics. People want advantages, and will get them.
Two options. There are NO other choices.
We create a non-medical free market for human alteration, or
Back room enhancement for the poor & medical tourism for the rich
Medical Classism is a self reinforcing truth. If you can afford to make yourself smarter and stronger and more able, then the wealthy and privilaged really ARE smarter and more able.
How far is too far?
Professional Coercion. To work here, you must...
Those furries again.
Who gets to hurt themselves?
What is not fair anymore?
What does "neurojustice" look like? When we break the metaphor of "freedom" and "choice".
And the question throbbing at the heart of all this: What counts as Human?