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Body Hacking

Quinn Norton, Reporter, Wired News

Track: Emerging Topics
Date: Thursday, July 26
Time: 2:35pm - 3:20pm
Location: D133

As medical technology becomes more advanced, it's falling into the hands of body hackers, people who enhance and change their bodies instead of just curing disease. Meanwhile, in traditional medicine, patients are encouraged to be active and informed, educating themselves about the latest medical research and taking control of their treatment. Tools and toys are coming on the market that let people play with themselves in previously unimaginable and sometimes shocking ways.

What's going to be possible? How can people hack themselves now? What should people be allowed to do to their bodies? It's likely that the body hackers, medical tourists, and other renegades of the world are likely to go forward with or without societal permission. This session gives an overview of what Body Hacking is, what's been done, and what's coming. Quinn Norton has experimented with a few body hacks herself, including a rare earth magnet implanted in her finger that allowed her to sense electro-magnetic fields- until it went wrong.