The 2015 edition of Futur en Seine will be the occasion of a demonstration rather unusual: a “Implant Party”. On 13 June 2015 the “Gaite Lyrique” theater in Paris, the Swedish collective biohackers BioNyFiken will implement NFC chips to volunteers. A first step towards transhumanism where everyone can, somehow, be transformed into a cyborg. Implement an NFC chip under the skin is still a limited way to increase the capabilities of the human body, but many other tracks are under consideration in biohackers sensors, robotics, DNA changes, alongside research official, these activists are preparing what will be the increased human tomorrow, the cyborg.
The biopunk, a movement born in the 90s
Regulars Laval Virtual will remember the arrival of Kevin Warwick in 2012. This is one of the cyborg movement pioneers. The researcher from the University of Reading won renown for having an implant placed directly connected to the nerves of his arm.The implant which has enabled him to communicate nerve impulses to his wife, herself “augmented” by a similar implant connected to him via the Internet. Kevin Warwick, but Meredith L. Patterson and his “biopunk Manifesto” in 2010 are some of the figures that have inspired the BioNyFiken collective. The NFC chip implantation is a first step towards transhumanism, a first step that everyone can cross because the implants can be easily purchased on the Internet. Some are implanted sensors and advances in robotics are one day soon some will choose to become cyborg rather than just their human body.
Over 60 BioLabs listed in the world
In parallel with this march towards transhumanism, the revolution of biohacking it is also the emergence of the DIY bio movement, ie the emergence of FabLabs either dedicated to mechanics, to furniture, but the living. The website DIYbio identified sixty “FabLabs” or rather “BioLabs” dedicated to the world of the living. In France, it is the Paillasse
whose founder and President Thomas Landrin attend the implant Party on 13 June. Biology accessible to all or almost with the same recipes that FabLabs: the least expensive laboratory equipment, sometimes made FabLab, medical research could be upset by this DIY approach.
The movement is certainly less publicized than the FabLabs, but the success of the annual competition organized by the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) is impressive. Every year he sees students from around the world compete to present the best project in synthetic organic by creating genetically modified systems by combining “bio-bricks”, fragments of standardized DNA combine to achieve the desired effect.
The first edition of this unique league competition was in 2003 in the premises of MIT. In 2015, no fewer than 280 teams from 30 countries. Besides the 81 American teams, 104 Asian teams, 72 European teams will present a project, including 8 French teams. Among them, the Team: Bordeaux who wants to develop a greener process as Bordeaux mixture to protect the vines against the fungus Plasmopara viticola . The team wants Evry “hacker” the immune system via micro-organisms will grow dendritic cells to activate or slow down the immune system. The presentation of results will be in late September 2015.
Fablabs, connected devices, robotics and even DNA, biology is about to turn to be hit by the DIY movement.
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