Technology is changing the way we live. As tech advances, our society becomes more efficient and productive. Not only is artificial intelligence allowing computers to learn from themselves, automation is providing the ability for machines to accomplish tasks with no interference from humans. It isn’t just that technology is doing things for us, there are many ways in which tech is enhancing our own abilities. Physical enhancement wearables and technology that are implanted inside human bodies will change everything. Below are five tech enhancements augmenting humanity.
One piece of wearable technology that is already being used by people around the country is fitness bands. This tech that you wear simply as a bracelet will provide all kinds of health information. They can tell you how much strain you’ve had over the last day, how much rest you need, the number of calories you’ve burned, and even information about your vital signs. Fitness bands are perfect for people who are trying to lose weight and get in shape. Or if you are struggling with health problems, fitness bands provide a way to keep up on how you’re doing.
Something from science fiction, smart contacts have been patented by the Google-owned company Magic Leap. These contact lenses will provide a virtual reality experience in which images from the internet are projected into your vision, appearing like they are in the real world. Smart contacts could enable us to access the internet without holding on to a device. In addition to contacts, smart glasses are also being worked on. These physical enhancements change the way that we interact with the internet and the world around us. While it will take a long time for this technology to become accessible to the average consumer, the technology already exists.
When you do physical labour, wearables that provide protection and optimization are available. For example, a Sarcos exoskeleton suit is a battery-powered wearable technology that increases human strength and prevents injuries. Aimed to increase productivity, these exoskeletons are robotics designed to synergize humanity with machines. Whatever physical task you are doing can be enhanced by exoskeleton suits. You will be stronger, more precise, and protected by this amazing piece of technology.
Pain Relief Wearables
It’s no secret that addiction to prescription opioid painkillers is a huge problem in the United States. Now there is a response from wearable technologies that use transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) to mitigate the amount of inflammation and pain in the back, neck, and other areas of the body. Not only do these wearables decrease the amount of pain a person is experiencing, the person who wears the technology. With TENS technology and radiofrequency ablation (RFA), tech is facilitating people in pain and helping remove the need for prescription painkillers.
Many people believe the end result of all this wearable technology is a neural link from computers to the brain. Elon Musk has incorporated a company called Neuralink to accomplish full synergy between the human brain and technology. This will allow humanity to access the information of the internet instantly. It will improve human understanding and ability. There is no telling just how this will augment humanity, but it is clear that life as we know it will never be the same. Everyone won’t be interested in putting a link up their spine to connect their brain to machines, but for those who are okay with combining their brain and a computer, the sky’s the limit. We are already on the way to becoming cyborgs. Musk has said he believes we’re already there.
Wearable physical tech enhancements will go way beyond smartwatches and fitness bands. There are plenty of ways that technology will enhance human performance and experience. Humans won’t just be able to use tech enhancements to become more intelligent, these technologies will provide ways for us to become stronger, more productive, and more efficient.
It goes without saying that the future is uncertain. We don’t know how the evolution of technology will impact humanity both positively and negatively, but one thing is for sure. Tech is getting more sophisticated by the day and the number of ways that we can use it to change the human experience is already in the realm of science fiction.
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