Technology that gets under your skin: How I became a Cyborg at CeBIT 2016

I was strolling from booth to booth at this years CeBIT on a cloudy friday morning in Hannover. There were Virtual Reality glasses, drones and 3D-printers at almost every booth - nothing unexpected so to say. Then a notification on my iPhone suddently caught my attention: "Cebit 2016: Ich war zu feige, mir diesen Cyborg-Chip implantieren zu lassen" I knew that I've read about biohacking some time ago - some crazy DIY guys were implanting RFID under their skin in order to gain transhuman skills and take the next step in evolution. The digital transformation is giving rise to a new phenomenon – the implantation of technical body enhancements, aka biohacking. But what are these "Dangerous Things," I've asked myself and what do they get used for?

Amal Graafstra: Founder and CEO of Dangerous Things; Leader of the biohacking movement

Amal Graafstra: Founder and CEO of Dangerous Things; Leader of the biohacking movement

The article further said "Amal Graafstra, the founder of the Californian company Dangerous Things, and Patrick Kramer, the founder of German company digiwell will be happy to implant microchips into the hands of aspiring cyborgs, right there and then at hall 8 booth A01" Thats when i decided okay i gotta see this. Initially I couldn't imagine that anyone at CeBIT got themselves an RFID chip implanted, but I was wrong about that. I ran into Patrick and Amal whilst they were taking a break eating a german bratwurst at their booth. After talking to them for minute I quickly found out that they've injected a dozen of implants at CeBIT - even that much that they've ran out of NFC chips. Up until that point I was assured that this biohacking thing will see itself confronted with great social refusal - again thought wrong.

Me hardly being stressed during the injection.

Me hardly being stressed during the injection.

After Patrick's quick introduction into the risks of the implant (which are close to zero) I said: OK lets do this! And after signing a Letter of Consent I got my RFID chip implant between the thumb and index finger that is the size of a rice kernel. In the future I'll be able to authenticate at doors or pay at checkout. And you can too!


Hands-off: Automatic sync between Shazam & Spotify

Remember that one time you went out with your friends, to this awesome club, where that sick DJ was playing? 3AM, strobe light, fog, sweat, hands - and then comes that track. Fast forward: next morning - that track somehow already is in your Spotify playlist. Wouldn't that be great? 

Here is a quick guide to enable automatic synchronisation between Shazam and Spotify. If enabled all tagged Shazam Tracks will be added to a dedicated Spotify playlist.


Step-by-step

1. Open Shazam

2. Open Shazam Settings

3. Connect to Spotify

4. Enjoy!

 

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Remember the tumblr called Things Apple is Worth More Than  that was created in 2011 when Apple was only worth a mere $340 billion, or about 45 days of global oil consumption?

Today Apples stock reached a new record high in pre-market trading skyrocketing its market cap above $760 billion. - But how much is that? We're in desperate need for an update.

 

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