Recently, our dependence on technology is increasingly growing that many are projecting human body transformation using technology. With the availability of exoskeleton, 3D printed body parts, smarter drugs, and enhancement of sexual organs; this prediction is only waiting for a very short time.
Anyone would begin to believe that the transformation of the human body using technology may be closer than we think after visiting Lucy McRae’s laboratory – showroom of a body architect, who images the ways to revolutionize the human body by merging biology and technology. Lucy’s concept seeks to synchronize the human body with technology for a normal existence in the future. Her achievements so far include dynamic textiles; clothes that can recreate the human body and “swallowable” fragrances that completely blew away how our traditional perform works.
Lucy’s expects that the human race would at some point be able to reprogram the human biology. She is proposing a future where aging and diseases are conquered just by understanding how technology coexists with raw human emotion and biology. But the question is, do we have a biologic connection with technology?
Lucy McRae has a background in fashion and architecture, though trained in classical ballet. She worked with Philips Electronics where she began to explore her fantasies to transform the human body. Her first concept was to introduce electronic tattoos and dressing which shivered with lights. She started by transforming her apartment into a laboratory where she created visual imagery that provokes human evolution.
“Maybe technology” is also one of her concepts. It simply refers to as an existence in between OFF and ON – existing in the form of a gas or a liquid. This special concept induced her obsession with blurring edges of the human body, where it is difficult to ascertain the ending or beginning part of the human skin and as well as the nearby environment. She used plumbing tubing as clothing as an experiment for this concept to redefine the skin and create a dynamic textile. It’s a technology that has been used by a Swedish pop star, Robyn in a music video.
Another stunning technology from the body architect is her quest to reprogram the human body odor, by modifying and biologically enhancing it to change the way we communicate with each other or the way we attract sexual partners. Lucy worked with a synthetic biologist to create a swallowable perfume; a cosmetic pill that would be eaten and the fragrance will come out of the skin surface when you perspire. “It completely blows apart the way that perfume is, and provides a whole new format. It’s a perfume coming from the inside out. It redefines the role of the skin, making the body an atomizer.” She says at TED talks.
This means there are no boundaries to how technology can connect with the human body. And many believe that Lucy’s works are roadmaps to the future, where we can transform the human body using technology. An existence where we can reprogram the things that affect life, tame diseases and the way we communicate or attract each other while also overcoming aging.