To continue on the theme of an interaction between biology and technology. Here are some examples of a less invasive approach: E-Skin & Telekinetic tattoos. There are all kinds of potential applications for this technology from simple light displays, to health monitors, to circuit board band-aids that allow us to manipulate technology with our minds.
In the New Yorker, Kim Tingley wrote a fascinating article titled “The Body Electric” about the founding father of this technology, John Rogers.
”Rogers had an idea. In 2011, he and his colleagues announced the invention of a device that had hitherto seemed impossible: an integrated silicon circuit with the mechanical properties of skin.
In the journal Science, Rogers revealed what looked like a gold bar code—the circuit—set in a transparent layer of dried glue. Photographs showed it stuck to a postdoc’s forearm, so that its wires were visible, or hidden under a temporary tattoo that featured a pirate in a Fighting Illini hat. The circuit stretched and wrinkled when spread and pinched. It was waterproof and could harvest power from radio waves, which are emitted by cell phones, to measure skin temperature, pressure from swelling, hydration level, and electrical signals from the brain and heart… A wireless medical patch would render obsolete much of the clunky diagnostic equipment in hospitals.
Rogers’s device, hailed as the first “epidermal electronics system,” caused a sensation.”
According to the article, in addition to all sorts of medical technology companies, scientists, and artists, both DARPA and the CIA contacted Rogers in the hopes of collaborating with him, and he was given “top secret” clearance this summer.