Designing Ourselves: A Future of Cybernetics for Everyone: Page 4 of 4

Neil Harbisson envisions a cybernetic future of artificial sensory organs for the masses.

the first people walking around with augmentations and cosmetic implants in their bodies, Harbisson believes there is a cultural shift happening in younger generations that, coupled with technological advancements, particularly in 3D printing, will make cyborg technology much more acceptable and eventually ubiquitous.

From Ericsson Consumer Labs' report "10 Hot Consumer Trends 2016" 

“Things are changing slowly, very slowly. I feel the younger generations are much more aware of what's happening,” Harbisson said. “The 20 th century was harmful in many cases in the way that technology was very negative. But now the younger generations don't' see this as so bad.”

But for Harbisson it's only a matter of time before we accept technology as being a normal part of our biology. “Once we can 3D print with our DNA we'll be able to print existing and new organs, he said. He even hopes that someday 3D printing will turn his antenna into an organic implant. “Instead of using chips we'll use biological organs. We are at the beginning of the renaissance of our species. Children will be born with new senses by the end of this century if we keep pushing.”

Neil Harbisson will be delivering a keynote, “ The Art and Science of Extending Perception Through Cybernetic Technology on December 7 as part of ESC Silicon Valley.

Chris Wiltz is the Managing Editor of Design News


Michael Bandel's picture
Interesting article and well written, but the idea of replacing body parts, upgrading human capabilities, and/or fixing defective ones is pretty old. It's good to see the work being done, as well as where this technology may go. I can only add that as they say in Westworld, "It doesn't look like anything to me."

How long before brain-connected implants would lead to some form of mind control? Even if they could not implant thoughts and ideas they could certainly be designed to provide pleasure sensations, or even pain. So they could certainly be set to control actions. Pavlov proved that years ago. just imagine a crowd of cyber-pleasure addicts being persuaded to follow some set ofinstructions to get their next "cyber-fix".

Jerald Cogswell's picture
This shows that humans are still evolving. Perhaps we will become several new species. Dear Editors: It used to be possible to save an article in your profile for future reference. It looks like this feature has been lost in the new website.

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