The Biohackers

Are You Ready for a Cyborg Culture?

"How I became a cyborg and joined an underground medical movement." Jennifer Booton's attention-grabbing headline introduces her story of having a magnet inserted in her fingertip. Her finger was not sliced by a doctor, as you would expect, but by "a man with metal horns protruding from his forehead and a split tongue."1 Booton, a reporter for Market Watch, got the implant in the course of investigating "grinders," people who tinker with their bodies by having tech devices, such as silicon chips, inserted under their skin. Booton's own modified fingertip enables her to detect waves emitted by motors and electrical equipment.


is the Executive Director of The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity in Deerfield, Illinois.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #40, Spring 2017 Copyright © 2024 Salvo |


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