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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Neil Harbisson l the first human cyborg officer


The saga Terminator shows robots whose skeletons are metal but have a human appearance. In I, Robot, an artificial being acquired human feelings. Both films represent a future in which we are living in part. Robotic technology embedded in the human body is a reality, from sophisticated prostheses to manage and execute movements nerves connect the brain computer until chips are inserted to stimulate the heart and collect data in real time. In 2004, the British government recognized the existence of the first cyborg .Harbisson Neil  was born with achromatopsia, a condition that prevents him from recognizing the colors. During his studies in Dublin, Ireland, she met Alan Montandon cyber student, with whom began designing the first " Eyeborg ", an eye that translates a color scale of 360 colors to sounds that are transmitted to the brain. The British government recognized this artist as the first cyborg when processed and presented his passport photograph with the cybernetic eye that is part of your life. After the initial rejection, the arguments presented Harbisson modified the requirement set by the government and thus the term " cyborg "for a human being. Harbisson Neil carries on his project and has donated several " Eyeborgs "institutions for the blind. The artist graduated in composition and piano carries on his crusade for the cyborgs, and holding that in cases like yours, the technology is part of the body and not merely a means or external attachment. In his presentation at the University of Granada, Spain, Harbisson stressed that during this century , the human species will live three mutations, which will consist of people who use mechanical, electronic and other third party, cyber.



The man and the software

In several scenes of Terminator, Schwarzenegger's eye detects the heat map of a body, identifies the relevant data and transmits that information to the brain cyborg to act accordingly, ie there is a technological element to see, but software that translates information to make decisions. Neil Harbisson case is similar, because the chromatic scale translates to the brain decodes sounds to interpret as colors. The artist himself admits it took time to learn to translate the software into your brain, but that this new ability allows today have dreams in color. The human brain can not be considered as the hardware or software of man, is a complex organ that lives in constant evolution, according to the Nobel Biology argues Gerald Edelman, "neurons compete with each other for dominance in response to stimuli the environment. "

Experience Harbisson cyborg

"It is a color sensor that detects the frequency of colors and sends a sound signal to a chip. Sounds I hear permanently" Harbisson explains in his presentation at TED, to refer to cybernetic eye. "At first I had to memorize the names of the colors, then I had to memorize the sounds" like exercise to be able to relate to each other. "Over time, the exercise became a perception, and not have to think about the notes," says and concludes that "this perception became feeling." To Neil Harbisoon, "the software and have joined the brain" , and explains that this device is part of your body is transmitting information permanently and you do not need to think about the relationships of sounds and colors. "I can go to a gallery and listen to Picasso" explains Harbisson, who says that during this century, humans will experience mutations in which technology will be integrated as part of the body .

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