You can add 'hardware crash' to 'sugar crash' in the list of things that can wreck your day
Here’s a roundup of a roundup that we’ll call, The Best of Biohacking News. Behold a few examples of people who looked at what DNA could do and said, "Yes, but I can improve on that."
- Biohacker Tim Canon calls himself the DIY Cyborg and implanted the nastiest looking Circadia 1.0 computer chip into his arm, and it looks as if his fore arm ate an iPhone. The chip monitors his vital signs, so he can monitor himself and get health updates to his phone. WORTH IT!
- Rene Shoemaker implanted a rice grain-sized near-field communication (NFC) chip in his arm to get around the bother of actually having to type his password on his computer like some kind of technopeasant.
- Scientists have created a way to make plants glow in the dark, which is the coolest thing ever, especially if you’re at Burning Man this week, which if you’re reading this, we hope you’re not.
Just how good are Algorithms at Stalking you?
So you’re getting your workout on and listening to Queen Bey and all of a sudden Spotify recommends that you listen to Miley Cyrus, and you’re like ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. First world problems, I know. But just how well do algorithms really know you or are able to predict your behavior?
The Guardian examines Spotify, Netflix, Matches Fashion, and Facebook to discuss how effective these tech giants are at figuring out what you want to see. It asks the ultimate question: just how much do you want companies to know about you?
Bring your heart back from the dead
Warning: this link is not for the faint of heart! If you’re not ready to see a GIF of a heart pumping blood with your cup of coffee, DON’T CLICK. But if you’re a curious little vampire, enjoy!
There are only 2 ways to die: your brain can die and your heart keeps beating or your heart can fail and stop providing oxygen to the rest of your body. Only those who experience “brain-death” can provide heart donations, because once the heart dies, shortly after, so will everything else.
A company called Transmedics is developing an organ care system that “could increase the supply of transplantable hearts by an estimated 15 to 30 percent.” Popular Science says: “It can also be used to support lungs, kidneys, and livers.”
While this could mean that more people would have the opportunity to live longer instead of dying while waiting for a transplant, this development raises ethical questions. If the donor’s heart can be restarted, are they really dead?