Software developer Tim Cannon calls himself a biohacker. As if to illustrate what that means, he has had an electronic chip roughly the size of a deck of cards implanted in his arm. He had the chip implanted underneath a tattoo that appears to be of a gear with stitches across it. LED lights in the chip, which has a battery that is charged wirelessly, light up the tattoo.

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Cannon may be the first human to have elected to have a non-life-saving procedure involving an technological implant. Former vice president Dick Cheney had a battery-powered artificial heart implanted, and humans commonly have their dogs implanted with microchips, but neither Cheney nor your average dog has anything on Cannon.

The implant, which monitors Cannon’s body temperature and transmits the information to his Android device via a Bluetooth connection, is called the Circadia 1.0. Cannon had the implant installed into his arm by a piercing and tattoo specialist, who performed the operation without anesthetic.

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Cannon’s punk rock surgery is for a higher cause, though. Human evolution may be the merging of biology and technology, and in that regard, Cannon, who is from Pittsburgh and is a developer at a company called Grindhouse Wetware, seems to be a pioneer on the frontier of the possible.

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Cannon tells The Verge, “Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been telling people that I want to be a robot. These days, that doesn’t seem so impossible anymore.” Cannon is making his dreams come true, and he, along with Grindhouse Wetware, may help make those dreams come true for others, too. A smaller version of Circadia 1.0 that also incorporates a pulse monitor is rumoured to be on its way.

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Software developer Tim Cannon calls himself a biohacker. As if to illustrate what that means, he has had an electronic chip roughly the size of a deck of cards implanted in his arm. He had the chip implanted underneath a tattoo that appears to be of a gear with...