"Screw genetics! Screw aging! I want abs this summer… and arms that are somewhere between Madonna and Michelle Obama."
As a generation raised on Adderall and The Biggest Loser, Millennials don’t feel limited by their DNA or what they see in the mirror. Given the right discipline, money, or tools they’re confident they can make their bodies do or BE whatever they want. That might mean taking energy shots (delete that 2:30 feeling!) or implanting magnets under the skin (free wifi!). The singularity IS near!*
"That’s the thing, it’s not that much of a leap," said Cannon. "We’ve had pacemakers since the ’70s." Brain implants are now being used to treat Parkinson’s disease and depression. Scientists hope that brain implants might soon restore mobility to paralyzed limbs. The crucial difference is that grinders are pursuing this technology for human enhancement, without any medical need.” - Cyborg America, The Verge.com
*”The end-game for all this is ‘singularity’: a state of super-intelligence that could entail endless implants and body modifications - and the end of humanity as we know it. A long time before we get there, however, will be the embracing of wearable technology by the internet’s biggest brands; Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft and Amazon.” - Rise of the Bodyhackers, Techradar
"Biological evolution is too slow for the human species. Over the next few decades, it’s going to be left in the dust." - Ray Kurzweil
Man, machine: they’re merging for business and/or pleasure. Understand how you can support bodyhackers before they really mess themselves up.
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TREND: JUST ENOUGH
A sharp economic downturn has changed consumer spending habits. People are saving more, reducing debt, and spending less. Rather than a temporary adjustment to economics conditions, however, some are arguing that we are seeing a shift in how people value their money and possessions. GEN-Y meanwhile, is inspired to live with less, shying away from the intense materialism of previous generations.