Can certain perfumes help Alzheimer’s patients recall memories? Could implanting a robotic eye help a blind man see? Berkeley journalist Kara Platoni explores these questions in her new book, “We Have the Technology: How Biohackers, Foodies, Physicians, and Scientists Are Transforming Human Perception, One Sense at a Time.” She joins us to talk about cutting-edge perceptual technology and what it means for our evolution.

From Robotic Eyes to Biohackers, Kara Platoni Tells Us Why the Future is Already Here 18 January,2016forum

Kara Platoni, author of "We Have the Technology: How Biohackers, Foodies, Physicians, and Scientists are Transforming Human Perception, One Sense at a Time"

  • David E. Gabert

    I am not interested, thank you very much, in being a cyborg; I am totally human, with most of my parts, though I might qualify as a borg, I have both hips replaced, does that count? d

    • David E. Gabert

      Thank you for respecting my wish to be human and reading my e-mail;For other uses,
      see Cyborg (disambiguation). Part of a series on Cyborgs Cyborgology Bionics;Biomimicry Biomedical engineering
      Brain–computer interface; Cybernetics; Distributed cognition;Genetic engineering; Human ecosystem;Human enhancement;Intelligence amplification;Whole brain emulation;Theory Postgenderism;;Cyborg anthropology; Centers; Cyberpunk;;Cyberspace Politics Cognitive liberty;Extropianism;l; Morphological freedom; Singularitarianism;Techno-progressivism;Transhumanismv;t

      A cyborg (short for “cybernetic organism”) is a being with both organic andbiomechatronic body parts. The term was coined in 1960 by Manfred Clynes andNathan S. Kline.[1]

      The term cyborg is not the same thing as bionic, biorobot or android; it applies to an organism that has restored function or enhanced abilities due to the integration of some artificial component or technology that relies on some sort offeedback.[2][3. Funny, I thought if I had a “genetic growth of hips, I’d be sully human…the term needs to be more adequately defined….David E. Gabert, Attorney at Law Wikipedia

  • Robert Thomas

    Newton, Goethe and Wittgenstein all wrote perceptively and penetratingly on human color perception. The “opponent process” outlined in Goethe’s Theory of Colours (1810) – a tour de force of observational empiricism – has been shown to successfully describe some aspects of human vision, along with the more conventional tristimulous models.

    The appearance in Homo of a third and fourth color receptor, their subsequent loss and then another’s re-appearance in a different band is a fascinating part of human evolution; the adaptive changes in color perception through natural selection and the way in which creatures’ vision doesn’t comport with any obvious pre-ordained mathematical form has been among the discoveries that have dissuaded many thinkers from explanations of nature that require intelligent design.

  • Robert Thomas

    Some number of human beings appear to have a mutation producing a fourth color receptor (females are more likely to have this mutation, as two of the cone-cell pigment genes are on the X chromosome) but most of these mutations appear to be “non-functional”. True human tetrachromatic vision appears to exist but is exceedingly rare.. In Homo, the functional variety of this mutation would seem to allow a completely different experience of light spectra, not just an extension into near-infrared. The fourth receptor seems to have a sensitivity peak between red and green.

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