As traditional medicine advances, patients are encouraged to be active and informed, to educate themselves about the latest medical research, and to take control of treatment. But medical advances are making it possible for people to do more than just cure disease. Technology is making it possible to enhance and change bodies – a practice increasingly known as body hacking. Where will society draw the line?
Journalist Quinn Norton personally explored the field of body hacking and its potential pitfalls when she had a small magnet inserted into one of the fingers of her left hand, allowing her to sense electrical and magnetic fields. That turned out to be a really bad idea.
Quinn’s work has appeared in Wired News, The Guardian, SEED and Make Magazine. She has appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered and has talked about body hacking at major technology conferences such as Toorcon, ETech, OSCon, and the Chaos Communication Congress.