For biohacker Rich Lee (also referred to as the “space gangster”), he doesn’t necessarily see a difference between the technological aspirations of overcoming our biological limitations and increasing our overall lifespan. Unfortunately, while there are a number of biohacks available today that could potentially save peoples’ lives – from magnetic implants to biothermal RFID chips – there remains a limitation insofar that biohacking’s potential impact on our general health is still quite miniscule. That is, until the biohacking movement pirates its way towards achieving open-source immortality.
Hearing Rich Lee speak about the history, present day, and future of biohacking really makes me think of one of my favorite characters in the sci-fi space opera series Battlestar Galactica named John Cavil. A character, I’d argue, that would most certainly resonate well with most known biohackers, transhumanists, and longevity advocates. Why? Well, take a look for yourself:
“I don’t want to be human! I want to see gamma rays. I want to hear x-rays. And I want to smell dark matter. Do you see the absurdity of what I am? I can’t even express these things properly because I have to conceptualize complex ideas in this stupid, limiting spoken language. But I know I want to reach out with something other than these prehensile paws and feel the solar wind of a supernova flowing over me. I’m a machine, and I could know much more. I could experience so much more, but I’m trapped in this absurd body!”
– John Cavil, Battlestar Galactica