An intellect which at a certain moment would know all forces that set nature in motion, and all positions of all items of which nature is composed, if this intellect were also vast enough to submit these data to analysis, it would embrace in a single formula the movements of the greatest bodies of the universe and those of the tiniest atom; for such an intellect nothing would be uncertain and the future just like the past would be present before its eyes. (Pierre-Simon Laplace, 1814)
No, we are not implying that humans are omniscient figures capable of transcending time and space, we are only emphasizing we might get there eventually but predictions can be made because of present technologies. In our first blog post, we had the chance to write about transhumanism and how it might lead to something remotely similar to a Godly-human figure. Despite the topics are very much linked (wetware could be seen as a sub-category of transhumanism) in this blog post we will try case study wetware as the basis for transhumanism to exist.
Wetware is used to describe the elements equivalent to hardware and software found in a person, especially the central nervous system (CNS) and the human mind. Therefore, to give wetware the importance they deserve, one could argue that they are the missing link, enabling connections between external implants and the human body, just like conducting material. Example of such theory could be witnessed in the advanced bioengineering field, were in order to work as well-oiled machines, implants need to harmoniously connect with the central nervous/neural system and the human mind.
When thinking about the origin of the wetware word, it is impossible not to think about something liquid, something adapting to different circumstances. We could say that we humans are wetware in a way, inside and out; we keep adapting ourselves to new technologies and, as shown before, we are about to literally embrace them.
Wetware are also a synonym for implantables. While consumer wearables require a screen, often causing communication issues, further exacerbated by surveillance and privacy concerns. In contrast, implantables are far more discreet, remaining well in the domain of one’s own body. However, are wetware technologies safe? They certainly have their own set of emerging safety issues, from malicious bio-hacking to changing concepts of identity.
Below are shown few of the wetware technologies that could become reality very soon, giving us the foundation for a completely different perception of the everyday life.
1) A wireless birth control were the implant could be turned on and off remotely, and can last up to sixteen years.
2) Another breakout technology would be the nanochannel delivery system. An implantable remote-controlled device that allows doctors to deliver drugs to a subject at a controlled rate. The endgame for remote drug delivery is telemedicine, which would reduce the costs racked up with hospitalisation and travel for treatment.