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Enhance Your Senses April 2, 2007

Posted by federalist in Human Markets.

Could you be more productive with prosthetic faculties?

The FDA has approved a decent arsenal of pharmaceutical enhancements — e.g., tailored stimulants that can increase our focus and help us control when we sleep.

An article in this month’s Wired notes that we are just beginning to explore the ways in which artificial sensors can interface with our natural senses, giving us superhuman perceptual capabilities.

The brain, it turns out, is dramatically more flexible than anyone previously thought, as if we had unused sensory ports just waiting for the right plug-ins. Now it’s time to build them.

Could this be the next revolution in human productivity?



1. federalist - August 28, 2007

I didn’t realize that hearing aids were so advanced: Bluetooth interfaces and digital signal processing are now common features.

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