Beyond human: Lifelogging and life extension



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Michael, K. (2014). Beyond human: Lifelogging and life extension. IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, 33 (2), 4-6.


Katina Michael shares her views on the potential use of certain techniques that may be developed to assist memory, concentration, and mental energy. She states that such techniques can also be used in life extension therapies, reproductive choice technologies, cryonics procedures, and many other possible human modification, and enhancement technologies. Homo Electricus can be one such technology, involving a human using electro-magnetic techniques for ambient communication with networks. An Electrophorus is one who becomes a bearer of technology, inviting nano- and micro-scale devices into his or her body. An Electrophorus might also use brain-wave techniques, such as the electroencephalogram (EEG), which measures the electrical activity of the brain in order to perform actions by thinking about them. This can be the best approach to retaining inner thoughts for recollection though there are several vital issues related to security, access control, and privacy which need to be addressed first.

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