Ada Florentyna Pawlak, Chips, Implants and Autoprosthetics.  The Grinder Movement: Practical Transhumanism

Ada Florentyna Pawlak

Chips, Implants and Autoprosthetics.  The Grinder Movement: Practical Transhumanism


Bodily extensions (chips, implants, prostheses, interfaces) are made possible by the convergence of NBIC technologies (nanotechnology-bio-engineering-IT-cognitive science) and the sponsorship of powerful investors, owners of high-tech companies and influential enthusiasts of transhumanism, namely Peter Thiel (Methuselah Foundation), Peter Diamandis (X Prize Foundation), Elon Musk (Space X, Nauralink), Dmitri Itskov (Avatar 2045). Biohackers (biology and hacking) carry out experiments to enhance the capabilities of the human body in a non-institutional setting, outside official research institutions and the world of large corporations. Biohackers fight for the access to “know-how” that enables cyborgization, and develop new senses that open up previously non-existent perceptual paths to reality, as well as test devices and methods for the fusion of human beings with technology, making society aware of the dangers of bio-power and control over cybernetic extensions, such as neural implants, RFID chips, NFC. The new sensorium is also a result of artistic manifestations performed in the art@science paradigm (Neil Harbisson, Moon Ribas) and is a means of expressing the nascent, novel cyborg identity. The experiments of biohackers support the trend of synestetic design and sensory substitution – the phenomenon of transferring the characteristics of one sensory modality to the stimuli of another modality, using devices for sensory substitution. Biohacking practitioners are egalitarian transhumans defending “morphological freedom” and undertaking a struggle (ideological, social and legislative) for the freedom to create and manage a technicised corporality. “Body burglars” from the Grinder Movement contest elite human enhancement, criticize the “corporate panopticon”, and promote open science and open source ethics that condition safe cyborgization. Homo-hacker is a harbinger of species-based autoevolution. Are biohackers a resistance movement against technocracy or do they support and create algorithmic culture and somatic capitalism? Their actions arouse justified fears about a new carnal techno-model that may result in unprecedented inequalities in Western civilization.


Biohacking, Transhumanism, Sensory Substitution, Cyborgization, Somatic capitalism, Art@Science


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Translated by: Adrian Mróz (SL: Abenteuerzeit)

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