Bioengineering has been a growing field in the medical world with increasingly feasible possibilities that might have been previously mocked. We, as a collective species, have simply taken evolution into our own hands. Throughout the years, medical developments have created a world where things like pacemakers and hearing aids are ordinary modes of treatment for patients. It seems as though we tend to look at trending advancements as unattainable or even completely mythological, however, there was a time where things like internal heart regulation seemed impossible. With this in mind, why not entertain the possibilities of other developing biological enhancements?
- RFID chips
Radio-frequency Identification chips (RFID) have been around for quite some time allowing for advances in human-technology interface, but what would happen if this technology could be integrated into a person’s anatomy? These RFID chip implants could eliminate tedious rituals such as carrying a wallet or keys. The chip would be implanted in the wrist or hand, and could be used to make “tap-and-go” payments, open electronic locks, and eventually replace public transportation cards. Security and identification could be consolidated and reinforced by the implant allowing for personal medical data to be stored in the RFID chips. With all of this information right under the skin, medical professionals can immediately obtain needed information such as blood type, allergies, or whether or not a patient is an organ donor.
- Augmented Vision
Bionic eyes have already been implemented as treatment for hereditary and age-related macular degeneration. The apparatus uses a camera that is mounted on glasses, which then is able to send the visual stimuli through electrodes attached to the retina. While this is an impressive advancement for improving the lives of those suffering with the loss their sense of sight, there are other types of developments that would completely revolutionize what it means to have “perfect vision”. An intraocular bionic lens has been in clinical trials, and will hopefully be able to restore a person’s vision from all distances. Now take the invention of telescopic contact lenses and imagine how human vision could change! The lenses will be able to allow their users to zoom in and out by just winking. Think about how these cyborg modifications could truly make 20/20 vision seem prehistoric.
- Brain-computer interfaces
Brain-computer interfaces (BCI) are already in use providing humans the power to control wheelchairs, neuro-prosthetic limbs, and even drones. Medically, individuals have been able to communicate with those suffering from “locked-in syndrome”. Clearly, the current use of this technology is limited, but the use of BCI could be dispersed sooner than you think. Developments in the upcoming years will not only change the medical treatment for disabled patients but could revolutionize communication for the human species. With extremely enhanced communication provided by the BCI, humans might eventually be able to master the elusive art of telepathy!
The reality of human modifications like these can truly be unfathomable, but it is important to keep an open mind. Sci-Fi movies with all of their futuristic gadgets make it hard to picture these ideas as achievable. However, when you think about how much society has developed over the recent years with science, technology, and the internet, the idea of cyborg-like evolution becomes a completely realistic future for all of mankind.