The Future of our Species
UK-born Neil Harbisson has been colour-blind since birth. He had an antenna implanted in his skull that converts colours into audible frequencies and allows the artist to perceive a symphony of colours. Harbisson’s antenna enables him to hear the entire colour spectrum, even colours that are outside his range of vision or colours that are invisible to the naked human eye.
In his keynote, Harbisson emphasizes that intervening in our human evolution is no longer theory but is currently practically feasible. People themselves become technology, so to speak, instead of merely carrying it. This development opens up new possibilities of more intensive sensory experiences that had been impossible until recently. “By merging ourselves with technology, we can become the designers of our own body and perception. Are we witnessing the renaissance of our species?”