A video describing how to hack your body to have superpowers.
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Medical science can give you a new hip. But how about a sixth sense.
You know we humans are really aware of the five senses, right? Vision, hearing, smell, taste, and touch. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. There are actually more senses that we have and some of them you probably have never even heard about. For example: proprioception! That's your ability to sense the movement and position of your body parts even if your eyes are closed. Go ahead - try it. Close your eyes stick out your forearm and try and grasp it with your other hand. Pretty cool right? Well what about nociception? That's your sense of pain. Granted it's not my top five but it's still pretty important.
But then we can look to the animal world for some really cool senses like magnetoception. That’s the ability to sense magnetic fields. Sea turtles, birds, and some other animals have this ability - they can actually sense the Earth's magnetic field which helps in navigation for long migrations. In fact, some birds might even be able to see magnetic fields like a grid overlaying their vision; which just adds to the reasons to be jealous of them: on top of the fact that they can fly and they're allowed to poop on statues whenever they want. Which I'm being told I absolutely cannot do.
But what if we could expand our senses beyond the ones we already have?
For example, you could have a little bio implant - a magnet made out of a rare earth metal called neodymium; and that would allow you to sense electromagnetic fields. Imagine it: an entire new world of sensation opens up to you. Or how about a different magnetic upgrade. What about a compass that tells you when you're facing north by vibrating. So, you don't look for the North Star, you just look for the North buzz. And while we're upgrading let's not stop with cyborgs; let's go full on superhero. Some students at the Electronic visualization laboratory of the University of Illinois in Chicago have built a Spidey-sense suit that they call…. drumroll please: “Spider sense.”
Here's how it works: It sends out ultrasonic signals, which, when they come into contact with objects bounce back and are picked up by microphones in the suit, which then trigger a robotic arm to put pressure on your skin alerting you to an oncoming object. And they tested it out in a very scientific way. They had someone dress up in the suit, put on a blindfold, and then get attacked by people. And they fend them off with cardboard ninja stars. Science!
Now this is just a basic model; but you can imagine a more advanced one being able to tell you how far away an object is and how quickly it's coming toward you. And if you don't want to be Spider-Man maybe you're thinking: “No what I really want to be able to do is track Arnold Schwarzenegger through the jungle using just his heat signature with my infrared vision.”
But that is pure science fiction, right? Wrong.
In 2013 researchers gave rats the ability to sense infrared signals through brain implants.
They put infrared sensors on the rats’ foreheads and wired it to the touch center of the rats’ brains so they could actually sense infrared radiation. I kind of want that.
And on the other end of the visual spectrum we have ultraviolet light. Imagine being able to see the way butterflies can see. Let's go really crazy. What about tongue-like chemo receptors on our skin so you can actually taste things with your hands. Imagine all those delicious doorknobs.