Watson believes computing power will increasingly merge with our innate functioning in the coming decades.
“We come pre-wired with our bodily ethernet from birth,” she said, referring to the primo vascular system, a network that connects all our organs and is structurally similar to optical fiber.
The human body’s interconnected network will be used as an information superhighway, she said, passing data stored on synthetic DNA chromosomes, which will have remarkable data storage capabilities—one dollop of DNA the size of a ladybug can store between 200-300 TB of uncompressed data.
“We can be our own walking hard drives,” she said.
Not only will we be able to send information along our bodily network, but we will be able to connect to it as well, Watson explained. PEDOT clusters are nanotechnological techniques that allow biological and synthetic materials to be linked together in order to pass information between them.