Neil was born completely colour blind but since 2004 he has been able to hear colour. With help from collaborators, he has developed a colour sensor which transmits colour frequency to a chip attached to his skull. Having used the sensor for many years, he now feels that his brain and the software have united. He believes himself to be a cyborg; he even requested his passport picture to show him wearing the sensor because it is an extension of his brain.
So, here are some questions for you to think about:
Do you think it is important to see colour? In your day to day life, how much do you rely on your ability to see colours? How would your life be different if you couldn’t?
What about the idea of enhancing your senses? Neil believes that if we extend our senses, we’d be able to extend our knowledge of the world. What senses would you like to strengthen? Would you like to have super sight? What about more powerful hearing?
Do you think becoming cyborgs is the next step in human evolution? Are we on the path to creating applications for our bodies in the same way that we create applications for our mobile phones? Do you agree that this is a positive step in our future?
As always we’re incredibly interested in hearing what you think. Comment and share to join the conversation.