Google Is Trying to Patent Injectable Cyborg Eyes

Wednesday, 04 May 2016 - 3:55PM
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Wednesday, 04 May 2016 - 3:55PM
Google Is Trying to Patent Injectable Cyborg Eyes
It's a running joke that Google, Facebook, and Apple are turning us all into cyborgs, since our constant usage of convenient technology is making it essentially an extension of humanity. But now, Google wants to literally turn us all into cyborgs, as they are currently filing a patent to inject electronic lenses into our eyes. 

Google started with Google Glass, and has already been working on electronic contact lenses, but this goes a significant step further. This "intra-ocular device" would be placed directly into the eye through a procedure that is straight out of a horror movie involves removing the natural lens of the eye, injecting a fluid into the lens capsule, and then injecting a new-and-improved electronic lens in its place. 

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This cyborg lens would not only achieve the obvious--correcting a person's vision--it would have the ability to change its vision capabilities so the wearer can see things at great distances or extremely close-up, like a human telescope/microscope. It would also be able to take pictures and video with a tiny camera, and possibly even connect to nearby wireless device, turning you into a "human interface," so you can receive and transmit data through your eyes all the time.

There are obvious benefits to this technology, as well as obvious drawbacks. On the one hand, it could help cure many eye-related conditions, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, and an age-related condition called presbyopia, in which the ability of the eye to change focus decreases and vision deteriorates. But the transmission of data, Google notes in the patent, could lead to all sorts of privacy issues, so they encourage giving users discretion on whether they would like their identities or locations to remain anonymous. But considering that we probably said that back when phones were becoming more advanced, and now we can all be tracked by our phones at any time, we should probably be extra-cautious about the encroachment of technologies into our actual bodies.
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