Human Batteries – Superhuman Evolution?

November 12, 2012 | By | 3 Replies More

Anna Hunt, Contributing Writer
Waking Times

Batteries Included

Can you imagine being able to charge your cell phone just by walking, or power your iPod by eating and moving your jaw?  No longer a matter of science fiction, scientists have discovered how to harness the energy that the human ear creates during movements, paving the way for the creation of walking human batteries.

An auditory neuroscientist at Harvard University Medical School in Boston, Tina Stankovic, has developed a technique that may allow the human ear to power electronic implants in the brain and inner ear, or cochlea. Stankovic was able to insert a prototype into an ear of a guinea pig, which was able to power a small radio transmitter.

“Nerve cells use the movement of positively charged sodium ions and negatively charged potassium ions across a membrane to create an electrochemical gradient that drives neural signals. Some cells in the cochlear have the same kind of gradient, which is used to convert the mechanical force of the vibrating eardrum into electrical signals that the brain can understand.

“We have known about DC potential in the human ear for 60 years but no one has attempted to harness it,” Stankovic says.”NewScientist

Life Saver

While the specter of transhumanism, a radical technological transformation of the human race, is justifiably alarming to many, should we be apprehensive about augmenting the body with new medical inventions?

To be fair, we must not overlook or undermine inventions such as the pacemaker, a device that aids patients who suffer from heart rhythm disturbances, and that has positively affected millions, with a whopping 700,000 patients worldwide each year undergoing the implantation of a pacemaker or a defibrillator.

Similarly to the cochlear energy cell, researchers at the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan have developed a device that can generate electricity using the beating heart. A pacemaker powered by the heart would allow patients to bypass the regular operations needed to replace old batteries.

“Lead author Dr. Amin Karami said it could be a promising technological solution for pacemakers, because they require only small amounts of power to operate. At present the implanted devices, which send electrical impulses into the heart to help maintain a normal heartbeat, have to be replaced every five to seven years when their batteries run out. Dr. Karami said: ‘Many of the patients are children who live with pacemakers for many years. You can imagine how many operations they are spared if this new technology is implemented.’”MailOnline

Good Versus Evil – TheMark of the Beast?

Microchip implants are another technological invention that is being used in medical applications. For example, the company MicroCHIPS, Inc. has developed a microchip that is filled with multiple individual doses of medication, with a goal to help reduce discomfort of treatments requiring daily shots.

“A new wirelessly controlled microchip, implanted under the skin, can safely and reliably give osteoporosis patients the daily dose of a drug that they need for at least 20 days in a row.”Scientific American

Pharmaceutical companies have revealed that they are interested in developing microchips that will reside in the brain which “treats disease through electrical signalling in the brain and elsewhere.” – (source).

Scientists are also working on accessing an animal’s memory, artificial limbs powered by electricity and a person’s thoughts, and brain caps that allow thoughts to be downloaded to a computer. At what point is it too much??

“Australian Lucy McRae, the first self-styled “body architect,” is working with biologist Sheref Mansy on a “swallowable parfum.” Once absorbed, the “digestible scented capsule” will transform skin into an atomizer, McRae explains in a press release.”Maclean’s

Concerns about technological implants range from potential for abuse of superhuman powers to the implementation of the biblical ‘mark of the beast’ chip that really is a global ID system to track all human beings and all monetary activities.  There is also justifiable concern for personal privacy and the further disruption of the body’s natural electro-magnetic patterns, if we implant ourselves with tiny electrical devices.

Have you even wished you could bottle up a child’s energy? Perhaps with inventions such as Stankovic’s and Dr. Karami’s, we’ll soon live in a world where this is possible, but in what ways might we come to regret letting this genie out if its bottle?

Certain cultures and individuals have developed strong beliefs against surgery, implants, and amputations, and have no interest in being augmented or artificially enhanced. For example, music legend Bob Marley, who died of cancer in 1981, refused to have his toe amputated at an early stage of his disease because of his Rastafarian beliefs that the body must be whole and that amputation would be a sin. “Rasta no abide amputation. I don’t allow a mon ta be dismantled.” (Catch a Fire, Timothy White)

So, while the suspicious in our society watch the technologically curious develop amazing things like human beings that act as batteries, the question ultimately will be, at what point do these technologies become ‘non-voluntary’, and declared compulsory?  Such exciting advances in science certainly introduce a great deal of possibility for our already complex society.

About the Author

Anna Hunt is a writer and entrepreneur  with over a decade of experience in research and editorial writing. She and her husband run a preparedness e-store outlet at www.offgridoutpost.com, offering GMO-free storable food and emergency kits. Anna is also a certified Hatha yoga instructor. She enjoys raising her children and being a voice for optimal human health and wellness. Read more of her excellent articles here.

Sources:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2228025/Pacemaker-powered-heartbeat-instead-batteries–smaller-cent-coin.html

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn22482-batteries-not-required-just-plug-into-ear-cells.html?cmpid=RSS|NSNS|2012-GLOBAL|online-news

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=microchip-implant-medication

http://www.activistpost.com/2012/08/they-really-do-want-to-implant.html

http://www2.macleans.ca/2012/10/18/tomorrows-people/

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  1. david says:

    This is ironic coming from a medical school. The depth and breadth of stupidity and ignorance that is bred through greed and corporate funding of their research. Wireless technology causes cancer and too many other biological problems to list here. This crap is out of control and the massive number of casualties does not fit into the bottom line of the sociopathic greed driven corporations that are exterminating the human race with their wireless devices that have never been pre market safety tested. read that line again. Go Harvard !!!!

  2. NO NDAA says:

    Yet people will be pushed into accepting this by the media….

    People should NOT EVER use tech like this.

    They said vaccines were “good” for you…causes diseases, cancers and damages your brain and such.

    They said drugs can help you…at the cost of ruining your brain, organs, causing diseases, causing cancers and so on.

    They said flouride is good for you…so did hitler. Helps teeth?. It’s been proven not to and the opposite. Oh it damages the pineal gland, damages other areas of the brain, lowers IQ, causes organ damage and so on…we bathe in this poison!.

    They said GMO’s were good for you…yet they won’t label what foods have them and spend millions of dollars to lie to the people and do illegal things within the campaign to misinform those. Has been linked to MANY horrible things. People need to research them. Natural News . com is a good place.

    I won’t even get started on the radiation from things we use.

    Health would be SOOOOO much better in america if people payed attention to what I have said and researched even more things.
    Our overweight problem would be nearly gone as well.

    But for some reason people don’t care that they’re ruining themselves, their kids and others.

  3. rgrtghrt says:

    Its about a balance i think, like everything else. We can’t all become Luddites, but we obviously ARE abusing the tech we have now. Utilizing technology and maintaining a connection with nature can go hand-in-hand.

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