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Biohacking: An exciting prospect, but only for the rich?

A global study finds that many users find biohacking exciting, but remain intimidated by hacking and privacy.

Technological changes in the human body concern many things. Hearing aids, pacemakers and prostheses are already in use, but in the future, we could use this term for example for smart devices or bionic eyes that can restore vision loss.

In terms of future applications, many countries promote the development of new technologies that could lead to improvements in the human body.

Biohacking

For example, Japan recently gave $ 1 billion to researchers willing to study longevity because of the need to coping an aging workforce and a shrinking population.

In a discussion during Kaspersky NEXT 2020, senior security researcher David Jacoby and Marco Preuss, director of global research & analysis at Kaspersky Europe talked about military applications, industrial sectors, sectors of beauty and healthcare as the major areas where biohacking will be implemented.

It may be strange to think of such a reality at a time when we have not yet established internet connections that are not interrupted during remote events. But discussing the issue could lead to precautionary measures that will help this emerging industry - as opposed to delays in tackling its industry. Internet of Things (IoT) which paved the way for massive security problems.

On Thursday, Kaspersky released a new report on the future of Human Augmentation, which sought to clarify the views of citizens in many countries on the prospect of biohacking.

In July of this year, the study included responses from approximately 15.000 adults in 16 countries: Αυστρία, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Morocco, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

Overall, 91% of respondents said they would change a trait if they could, and 63% said they would consider human augmentation.

Italians were more likely to consider choosing human augmentation with a total rate of 81%. By contrast, Britons are more prudent, with only 33% saying they would research technological modifications to the human body to change their own characteristics. THE SpainThe Portugal, Greece and Morocco are also open to the idea of ​​biohacking.

More than half of the respondents, 53%, said that biohacking should be used for the good of all, as in medical cases. However, 69% expressed concern that biohacking in the future would be for the rich.

Other interesting statistics published in the report include:

  • 88% of people said they feared their bodies might be violated by cybercriminals
  • 36% of women and 25% of men believe that augmentation will improve their attractiveness
  • Men are more interested in improving their endurance through biohacking with 23% while women with 18%

"Human augmentation is one of the most important technological trends today," said Preuss. "But people are absolutely right to be cautious."

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