Watch a Self-Described “Cyborg” Hear Colors
Neil Harbisson was born completely color-blind, but he’s found a fascinating way to experience a part of the world many of us take for granted, complicating our definitions of vision and blindness along the way. In a profile masterminded by Rafel Duran Torrent, we meet Neil and hear his explanation of how his life has changed since he began wearing a device that translates colors into sounds. As he talks about why he likes supermarkets more than beaches or why he gets kicked out of movie theaters, it made me think of the unexamined ways so much of our world is designed by and for people who experience “color” in a certain way. What might we do differently if we were cyborgs like Neil?