Most examples of transhumanism are to do with the advancement of the human species that could lead to infinite possibilities to overcome the limits of the natural human body. It can be the solution to injury and disease, give us superhuman powers, even as far as living forever through our thoughts. But what about the transhumanism that isn’t trying to save the human race, but is just for a little bit of fun? Here are some of the wackiest ( and most pointless) examples of transhumanism.
An artist, born in Belfast but raised in Catalonia, suffers from a rare form of colourblindness which means he sees the world in greyscale with no colour at all. He is best known for being the first person in the world with an antenna implanted in his skull and for being officially recognized as a cyborg by a government, even having his antenna included in his passport photograph. The antenna is a permanent art installation, allowing him to feel and hear colours as audible vibrations inside his head, including colours invisible to the human eye such as infrared and ultraviolet. For all, he still cannot see the colour he can now hear it. To bring his antenna up to speed with technology, Neil has recently updated his antenna so that it is Bluetooth connected.
Rob Spence ‘eyeborg’
Documentary-maker Rob Spence made the news in 2008 when he replaced one of his eyes with an eyeball-shaped video camera. After a childhood injury meant Rob lost his eye, he decided to get creative by adding a red glowing eyeball, turned video camera into his empty eye socket. Whilst doing nothing to actually help his lost eyesight, his camera is constantly filming and streaming in real time his whole life. I’m not sure who would want to watch every part of his life, but Rob explains, that it looks pretty cool and a lot of children with one eye look to him for inspiration. Rob has tried to get his ‘eyeborg’ product made mainstream, but has struggled to get the backing as most see it as ‘an elaborate toy for one-eyed people’.
Jerry Jalava ‘USB Finger”
Jerry Jalava, a Finnish Programmer lost part of his finger during a motorcycle accident. Instead of opting for a standard replacement prosthetic finger, dedicated to his work as a programmer, what better than to add a 2GB USB stick to his finger. The prosthetic finger is removable for when he wants to use it, which I’m sure creates a lot of interest to see a partial finger sticking out of the side of this laptop,
Rin Rauber -magnetic fingers.
Of all the things you might want to change in your body to make life that little bit easier, Rin Rauber, has chosen to give Uri Geller a run for his money by getting magnetic implants into her fingers and palm of her hands. Why? So she can feel electromagnetic field vibrations in her fingers, and as a bonus, so she can pick up cutlery with little effort. As she says “It’s like a child playing around, saying, ‘Look what I can do, isn’t this cool?’”. It might not be a grand vision for the future of the human race, but on the plus side, at least she has a guaranteed party trick.
Transhumanism is often thought of as the movement that will make humans the ultimate super race, with extreme strength and the ability to live forever. But with innovative people using the movement just for fun, it shows the creativity and endless possibilities of mixing humans with technology.