Becoming Cyborgs

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The term cyborg is often applied to an organism that has enhanced abilities due to technology. It is interesting to think about what the consequences could be as our senses were enhanced outside the normal range of perception (frequencies, distance, degree of discrimination).

What would it mean for our perception, and would our interaction with our surrounding be effected?

What if we could:

  • smell as an ice bear?
  •   see as a bat?
  • see as a bird of prey?
  • orient and navigate as a bird of passage?
  • hear as a dog?
  • multiply our tactile perception?
  • taste as  a chemical laboratory?

Watch this video of the first recognized cyborg in the world. Neil Harbisson was born with achromatopsia, a rare condition that causes complete colour blindness. In 2004, Harbisson and Adam Montandon developed the eyeborg, a sensory device that translates colours into sounds –  the world’s first officially recognized cyborg.

Photo http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Neil_Harbisson_Cyborg.jpg

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