By Dāvis Suharevskis

BIOHACKING

New wave researchers changing the mosaic of science. Movement of enthusiasts willing to improve their lives in all kinds of ways. Even attempts to synthesise art from pure knowledge.

What does it mean for us, wishing and willing to lead our best lives? To understand we must research as well. We will research the researchers, artists and pioneering people and processes of Biohacking.

The first known use of the word biohacking was in 1992, and the definition informs us that it’s an experimental action done, with the goal of improving the quality of life of a living organism, executed by individuals out of the official scientific and or medical field. Granted this seems a little off grid and shady. But it is much more than that. The movement wants to improve the lives of individual people and it can be done through many different means. Those taking a literal approach are called “grinders”; they modify their own bodies with NFC chips, navigation devices and even headphones to become the first self-made cyborgs. However, this is a rare practice, since the experiments can be dangerous.

Increasing popularity is seen in DIY Biology; this branch of biohacking has grown from just a few “Home laboratories” to a global learning and innovation network releasing insider websites to compare their workaround gadgets and self-made centrifuges, microscopes and other tools.

The most popular type of biohacking however is more down to earth; it does not have a precise name, so it is simply known as biohacking. It is a practice that streams to upgrade our lives through the conscious and mindful implementation of science in mundane practices. It can start with food supplements, whether they be made from hand-picked blueberries which are then processed and capsulated to ensure the highest possible antioxidant and vitamin content, or pharma bought pills, as long as the biohacker is on top of the game and knows EVERYTHING about the product. It can be implemented into the diet, where according to precise guidelines on personal health, products are chosen to boost performance. Even a casual stroll in winter can be a biohack, if we leave the shoes at home. All of the country can be our cryogenic camera.

This practice has found its way into cosmetics and skincare. Biology natives are looking for the formulations that can precisely fulfil their unique wishes. Creams are manufactured to cater to every taste. And sometimes this is not enough for us. We are accumulating more and more information about ourselves, and we can find information on the ingredients that we need more of. With this knowledge we can boost our daily skincare to do precisely what we want and get the effects that we desire.

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