Techno-progressive, rogue and, above all, hip, biohackers, also known as DIYbio practitioners, is stylized as being capable of doing at home what just a few years ago was only possible in the most advanced university, government or industry laboratories
A biohacker (or “wetware hacker”) is similar to a computer hacker who creates and modifies computer software or computer hardware as a hobby, but he or she does it with their body and biology.
Biohacking has joined forces with the ‘quantified self’ movement resulting in a philosophy of self-experimentation and scientifically based training and technological intervention to improve human potential and performance. Self quantification involves using measurement gadgets such as non-invasive blood glucose monitoring, or EEG sleep stage monitoring, to track the body’s biological states for self-knowledge and control.
Here is a well known self-quantifier – Gary Wolf – explaining what can be done here at a TED talk:
Two renound bloggers tapping into biohacking and self-quantification movements are Tim Ferriss and Dave Asprey.
Author and blogger Tim Ferriss is someone who has specialized in biohacking his body. His blog can be found here, and here is an introduction to his latest best selling body biohacking book: ‘The 4-Hour Body’:
Dave Asprey has focused on brain biohacking, also known as ‘mindhacking’. To quote from his blog The Bullet Proof Executive:
The Bulletproof Executive was born out of a fifteen-year single-minded crusade to upgrade the human being using every available technology. It distills the knowledge of more than 120 world-class MDs, biochemists, Olympic nutritionists, meditation experts, and more than $250,000 spent on personal self-experiments.
The Financial Times calls Dave Asprey a “bio-hacker who takes self-quantification to the extreme of self-experimentation.” Here is a good introduction to Dave’s background as an Internet entrepreneur, and his biohacking work:
Dave has made use of our IQ Mindware software, and saw a 12 point IQ gain. An article on our mindware can be found on his Bullet Proof Executive blog ‘How to Add 2.75 IQ Points Per Hour of Training’.