Real-life examples of "transhumanism" / the fusion of body and "machine".
Dear Meta Hive,
I'm giving a seminar for my class on the psychology of transhumanism. I'm looking for articles, books, and news about the real-world application of transhumanist principles and methods. My primary interest is in the clinical application
of such methods (i.e. for therapy or relief of mental illnesses), but some of my seminar talk will also cover enhancement technologies
and even some novelties / "techs seeking a purpose".
I have some things in mind which will serve as good examples:
I know for one, that brain pace-makers
have been used to treat Alzheimer's and more recently depression. There are also bio-optic implants
and cochlear implants
which serve to restore sight to the blind, and hearing to the deaf - these are fascinating to consider for persons who were born deaf or born blind. (Is there an analogue for the tactile sense or for smell??)
Some other things to mention are: brain chips
, various cyborg-prostheses, and some other cyber-punk-esque themes like nootropics
, brain-computer interfaces
and memory implants.
Of course, as I said I am greatly interested in other examples anyone can give besides the ones I mentioned (since I'm undoubtedly missing many) and even for the ones I do have, I'd like to have multiple sources citing uses of these things and etc. I've linked all Wikipedia articles, but I cannot use Wikipedia as a source for obvious reasons, and I would prefer reputable sources (BBC, SciAM, Newscientist) since I can follow up on these to find the scholars behind them most easily (this IS, afterall, a formal psychology seminar - I can only use so much
that is bizarro futurism), scholarly articles are excellent, and even papers discussing the ethos of these things are welcome too.
Have at it!