“Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology…Better, stronger, faster.”
–from The Six Million Dollar Man
Memresistors and human engineering. Artificial intelligence and supercomputers. Biosynthetic corneal implants and facebook updates. What do these things have in common? The reliance on microprocessors? Hardly.
This technology might soon be packaged into a portable, rugged, ergonomically correct platform. The human skin.
From an article on DiscoveryNews, Hartmut Esslinger, founder and co-CEO of Frog Design, discusses the concept of Dattoos.
The concept of the Dattoo arose in response to current trends towards increasing connectivity and technology as self-expression. To realize a state of constant, seamless connectivity and computability required the convergence of technology and self. The body would need to literally become the interface. Computers and communication devices require physical space, surfaces, and energy. The idea of DNA tattoos (Dattoos) is to use the body itself as hardware and interaction platform, through the use of minimally-invasive, recyclable materials.
Technology is becoming ever more mobile. Moving from the centralized user interface, where platforms are static and require the presence of the individual at a specific location, to the roaming and portable medium we enjoy today. Allowing us to interact with the world, as we traverse it. Incorporating what it has to offer us, as we wish.
Tethering ourselves to devices. Requiring external components to conduct our business imposes layers of abstraction, no matter how small. They remove us, ever so slightly, from experiencing the world as a pure construct.
Storing personal information in a secure medium, easily accessible and capable of interacting with any platform, has huge appeal. The trick is implementing this as yet unproven technology.
Not to mention getting past the sheer macabre implications of getting “hacked”.