The point of biohacking varies depending on the specific project and the individual or group conducting it. Some people may engage in biohacking as a hobby, to explore new scientific ideas or technologies, or to push the boundaries of what is possible with biology. Others may engage in biohacking for more practical purposes, such as developing new medical treatments or creating new forms of sustainable energy.
Some common goals of biohacking include the following:
- Developing new medical treatments: Biohacking can be used to develop new therapies and treatments for a wide range of medical conditions. For example, some biohackers are working on developing gene therapies that can be used to treat genetic disorders or cancer.
- Creating new forms of sustainable energy: Biohackers are also interested in using biological systems to create new forms of sustainable energy. For example, some biohackers are working on developing algae-based biofuels or using bacteria to convert waste into energy.
- Improving human health and performance: Some biohackers are interested in using biology to improve human health and performance. For example, some biohackers are experimenting with using genetic engineering to enhance physical abilities or to improve the immune system.
- Exploring the limits of biology: Biohacking can also be used to explore the limits of what is possible with biology. For example, some biohackers are working on developing new methods for genetically modifying organisms or on creating entirely new forms of life.
Ultimately, the point of biohacking is to push the boundaries of what is possible with biology and to use biological systems to improve our lives and our world.
The practice of biohacking includes various techniques and experiments aimed at improving both physically and mentally. It's about creating an environment, internal and external, conducive to achieving maximum performance. Biohacking, in short, is the quest to become superhuman. Biohacking is about optimizing the human body to achieve more than what conventional society believes it can achieve.
This could be something as simple as following a low-carb diet to maximize weight loss or something as amazing as having a neural implant in your brain. Wearable technology is leading the way towards integrated technology, meaning researchers have extensively used the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) to explain the factors that influence the adoption of almost all technological innovations to date. Integrated technology, often referred to as biohacking, presents a unique set of factors that require a new revision of the model. Using the theory of the diffusion of innovations, self-efficacy and social exchange, a revision of the model of acceptance of technology is proposed with additional factors such as age and gender, the self-efficacy of integrated technology, perceived risk and privacy problems to explain the adoption of technologies integrated into the human body.
The data was collected through an online survey (N %3D 106) conducted with a Qualtrics panel and the results suggest that age, gender, perceived utility, perceived ease of use, the self-efficacy of embedded technology, and risk and privacy issues influence the adoption of integrated technology. The implications for the implant industry, policy makers and researchers interested in such technology are drawn.