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'''Grinders''' are people who apply the hacker ethic to improve their own bodies with do-it-yourself cybernetic devices. Many grinders identify with the [[biopunk]] movement, [[open source]] [[transhumanism]], and [[technoprogressivism]].
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'''Grinders''' are people who apply the hacker ethic to improve their own biological bodies with do-it-yourself cybernetic devices and self-mutations. Many grinders identify with the [[biopunk]] movement (also rarely admitted with cyberculture/cyberpunk movement as well and sometimes with postcyberpunk or cypherpunk movements), [[open source]] [[transhumanism]], and [[technoprogressivism]].
== External links ==
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grinder_%28biohacking%29 Wikipedia:Grinder (biohacking)]]
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==Origins==
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In role-playing games, 'grinding' is the practice of engaging in repetitive tasks to improve a character.  The 2007 comic series <i>[[Doktor Sleepless]]</i> by [[Warren Ellis]] compared this to the progression of DIY transhumanism. <ref>[http://sequart.org/magazine/39426/unfinished-apocalypse-doktor-sleepless/</ref>
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==Biohacking==
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A biohacker is a [[biopunk]] hobbyist who experiments with DNA and other aspects of [[genetics]]. <ref>https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/opinions/1988/01/31/playing-god-in-your-basement/618f174d-fc11-47b3-a8db-fae1b8340c67/</ref> <ref>http://genomealberta.ca/blogs/biohacking-101-tools-of-the-biopunk-trade.aspx</ref> A biohacker (or "wetware hacker") is similar to a computer hacker who creates and modifies software or computer hardware as a hobby, but should not be confused with a bioterrorist, whose sole intent is the deliberate release of viruses, bacteria, or other germs used to cause illness or death in people, animals, or plants (in the same way a computer hacker should not be confused with the more popular, yet erroneous, use of the term, describing someone who spreads computer viruses or breaks into computers systems for malicious purposes). <ref>https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg12516984-100-forum-roses-are-black-violets-are-green-the-emergence-of-amateur-genetic-engineers/</ref>
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Pat Mooney, executive director of ETC Group, is a critic of biohacking who argues that—using a laptop computer, published gene sequence information, and mail-order synthetic DNA—just about anyone has the potential to construct genes or entire genomes from scratch (including those of the lethal pathogens) in the near-future. He warns that the danger of this development is not just bio-terror, but "bio-error". <ref>http://openwetware.org/images/e/e4/Synbioreportweb.pdf</ref>
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==See also==
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* [[Biohack.me]]
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* [[Grindhouse Wetware]]
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* [[Grinding.be]]
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* [[Doktor Sleepless]]
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* [[Warren Ellis]]
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* {{wikipedia|Grinder (biohacking)}}
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==External links==
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* {{wikipedia|Grinder (biohacking)}}
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* {{wikipedia|Do-it-yourself biology}}
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==References==
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[[Category:Self modification]]
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[[Category:Transhumanism]]
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[[Category:Hacker culture]]
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[[Category:Subcultures]]

Latest revision as of 08:10, 10 May 2019

Grinders are people who apply the hacker ethic to improve their own biological bodies with do-it-yourself cybernetic devices and self-mutations. Many grinders identify with the biopunk movement (also rarely admitted with cyberculture/cyberpunk movement as well and sometimes with postcyberpunk or cypherpunk movements), open source transhumanism, and technoprogressivism.

Origins

In role-playing games, 'grinding' is the practice of engaging in repetitive tasks to improve a character. The 2007 comic series Doktor Sleepless by Warren Ellis compared this to the progression of DIY transhumanism. [1]

Biohacking

A biohacker is a biopunk hobbyist who experiments with DNA and other aspects of genetics. [2] [3] A biohacker (or "wetware hacker") is similar to a computer hacker who creates and modifies software or computer hardware as a hobby, but should not be confused with a bioterrorist, whose sole intent is the deliberate release of viruses, bacteria, or other germs used to cause illness or death in people, animals, or plants (in the same way a computer hacker should not be confused with the more popular, yet erroneous, use of the term, describing someone who spreads computer viruses or breaks into computers systems for malicious purposes). [4]

Pat Mooney, executive director of ETC Group, is a critic of biohacking who argues that—using a laptop computer, published gene sequence information, and mail-order synthetic DNA—just about anyone has the potential to construct genes or entire genomes from scratch (including those of the lethal pathogens) in the near-future. He warns that the danger of this development is not just bio-terror, but "bio-error". [5]

See also

External links

References