A hacker is someone who wants to gain complete control of the system they are dealing with - be it technological or social.
A biohacker, therefore is someone who wants to gain complete control of their own biology.
We live in excitingly novel times when we have made quantum leaps in understanding, testing and controlling our own biology. At a time when many of the leading minds in medical science and technology believe that the first immortal human has already been born and you can get your personal DNA genotyped, it is not unrealistic to say that you can have total control over your own biology.
Biohackers have a couple of common goals:
- Significant gains in productive energy and focus to get things done. Adding more productive hours to the day and more productivity to those hours.
- Boosting Serotonin and Dopamine, the 'feel good' Nuerotransmitters, sustainably.
- Improving recall, accuracy, short and long term memory along with the learning process.
- Avoidance of chronic disease, cancer and age related cognitive decline.
- Training Executive Function for better discipline and self control.
- Decreasing the quantity of sleep while increasing the quality.
- Effective stress management.
- Personal experimentation, self quantification and measurement beyond what 'feels good'.
- Biohacking should be high leverage: a minimum of effort, time or money spent will yield significant results that are in some cases sustained.
- Many biohackers are also Transhumanists who have the lofty ambition of living indefinitely.