Kevin Lepton

I am the writer, editor and publisher behind this future technology blog and I predict you will keep reading to see what is coming right around that metaphorical corner.

Feb 232015
 

Biohacking DNA

Biohacking is the term used in conjunction with your biological process and the integration of hacker principles. If you think of biology as a computer, and the way a hacker can infiltrate the system to make it work the way they want it to, biohacking can be easier to understand. The process of biohacking can involve a distinct combination of medical, nutritional and electronic methods to make the body function exactly as you want. Typically, those who engage in biohacking support the theory of “Transhumanism”, which states that fundamental altering of the human condition is possible through technology, which leads to a more advanced specimen of humans.

Benefits of Biohacking

For those who struggle with mental health disabilities, research suggests that biohacking can have a great impact on treatment. One of the goals of many biohackers is to boost serotonin and dopamine, which are the common neurotransmitters that increase good feelings. Biohacking can increase long term memory and productivity, and is said to have positive effects for both the mind and body.

In a scientific term, biohacking further advances the understanding of the body and its processes, with very little input from the medical community. Many biohackers feel that they can break free from the bars of traditional science and medicine, and make great progression toward being in charge of our own biology.

Many biohackers focus on cognitive health, balance of neurotransmitters in the brain, a positive productive mindset, and quick results. In theory, any progress toward improvement of the human mind and body can only help further a better population.

Disadvantage of Biohacking

The biggest issue many take with the idea of biohacking deals with the ethics involved. Because the field of biohacking is unregulated, many wonder if biohackers have the potential to create carcinogenic and pathologically detrimental organisms, either intentionally or unintentionally. The field has spawned a new discussion of biosecurity, which seeks to discover and manage the risks of biohacking to society. A specific code of ethics was created in 2011, by DIYbio for which biohackers should adhere, however there is no distinct rule requiring them to do so.

Additionally, biohacking is a relatively new theory, and while biohackers are quick to claim positive long term benefits, the longevity of the methods and techniques has yet to be truly tested. Biohacking is generally a free-for-all in terms of who can become a biohacker and what they can do with it.

Why it’s important

Biohacking can change the future of how we deal with our bodies. It’s an important new science which needs to be studied and have close attention by the public. In a regulated environment, biohacking can give humans a new perspective on their biology and really made tremendous advances in treating several conditions, like mental health and addiction. However, it’s not something that should be taken lightly, because the risks are real. Here’s to seeing what biohacking has to bring in the near future!

 

References – External Links

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biohacking

http://diy-bio.com/

 

Jan 122015
 

I was sitting at a local sporting event when, during one of the breaks, an advertisement for a ticket broker came on the big screen. It showed a hangar-like facility where a staff member walked an envelope through the building to a specialized area where he proceeded to load the envelope into a canister. As he walked away, a drone buzzed overhead, swooped down and with careful precision, scooped up the canister and flew off.

The drone did what drones do best; it flew at low, rooftop levels across town providing spectacular aerial video footage before it began to descend on its “target”. The target in this case was a quite unassuming home with a typical soccer mom waiting out front.

Amazon Delivery Drone

The drone swooped down, released its payload and sped off into the distance. The woman opened the canister and inside was a pair of hockey tickets for an upcoming game. Could this be real? Are they really delivering tickets by drone now?

I was ready to place an order right then when the announcer came over the loudspeaker to remind us all that it was just an advertisement and any ticket orders would not be delivered by drone.

My heart sank as I wanted to be the first on my street to have a drone fly over my home and deliver premium seats to the big game. This got me thinking about why I originally believed the advertisement to be true. Didn’t Amazon consider using drones to deliver packages at one time? Yes, and they are still working on it.

Medical Delivery Drone

It seems that as the RC drone hobby becomes extremely popular, we are seeing more people flying drones around parks, playgrounds and neighborhoods and still more people using the same hobby drones to take real estate photos, pictures of farm crops, high school graduations and even capture those impossible to get wedding shots that they can rave about for years to come.

Why not then, have delivery drones dropping off everything from mail to packages, even pizzas and other take-out items. Imagine the possibilities. Less traffic on the roads, faster delivery times since the drones don’t have to wait for traffic lights or even follow paved roadways and, of course, the fact that having a drone deliver something right to your door would be the coolest thing that happened to you all year.

Pizza Delivery Drone

Maybe one day we will see this type of drone delivery service, but until then, I will stick to practicing with the RC drones and perfecting my flying skills just in case. This could be my new future job. :)

 

Dec 162014
 

Drones are already here being used for military applications, moviemaking and by weekend hobbyists. But what are the other future uses of drones?

Here is a short top 10 list:

  1. Enable the disabled
  2. Food delivery
  3. Construction
  4. Wildlife conservation
  5. Police
  6. Real estate
  7. Oil and gas companies
  8. Farmers
  9. Sports
  10. Small item retail delivery