— A 7th grade female describing herself using a computer at age 30, quoted by Nancy Kreinberg and Elizabeth K. Stage, “EQUALS in Computer Technology,” in The Technological Woman: Interfacing with Tomorrow, ed. Jan Zimmerman (New York: Praeger, 1983). (via newman)
A system like this would be truly beautiful. Truly connected. We could see our families with ease. Too bad, for now the politicians are dragging their feet. When they finally put the interests of their constituents ahead of those of the oil companies funding their campaigns, perhaps we could see something like this.
Imagine you were rendered unable to distinguish between colors, unable to tell the different between black, white, yellow, or not knowing why an orange is called an orange. It would be an unusual form of torture, but that’s what Neil Harbisson has had to live with for most of his life. Born with a condition known as achromatopsia, he is unable to see colors and is affected by complete color blindness.
But this unfortunate tale has a happy ending, as Harbission became the owner of a device created by Adam Montandon called the Eyeborg. The device is embedded in Harbission’s skull and provides a synesthetic function, translating colors into sounds. Not only does he get to experience that alchemical transformation of the senses, but he’s also got the credential of being the first ever cyborg (his passport picture includes the device).