A Man Who Hears Colours?! Government Recognised Cyborg Man (Who Avoids Drunk Women)
Neil, The Officially Recognised Human Cyborg Who Avoids Drunk Women, It's No Joke, Read On.
Neil Harbisson is a Spanish-born British-Irish cyborg artist and activist for transspecies rights who is based in New York City.
Neil is best known for being the first person in the world with an antenna directly implanted in his skull and for being legally recognized as a cyborg by a government.
Neil Harbisson is an artist who was born completely colour blind and decided to do something about it.
His life changed when he decided that it was time to have an antenna surgically implanted directly into his skull that enabled him to hear colours.
Seriously weird, but worth it?
he hears colour with a camera-equipped antenna which is fitted into the back of his skull. Neil, call's it the eyeborg. Neil had it initally installed way back in 2004 and this antenna turns colours into notes for him which allows Neil to even sense colours beyond human vision, such as infrared and even ultraviolet.
Here's some crazy facts about Neil;
1. HE IS THE WORLD'S FIRST OFFICIALLY RECOGNISED CYBORG
The British citizen, Neil - considers himself the first legally recognised cyborg in the world. The UK government allowed the inclusion of his antenna in his passport photograph.
2. HIS EYEBORG WENT THROUGH SEVERAL STAGES OF EVOLUTION
Designed by cybernetics expert Adam Montandon, Harbisson's original eyeborg required him to wear headphones that were connected to a laptop, reported
The Guardian. However, subsequent operations placed a vibrating chip against, then within his skull, which allows him to hear the sound that vibrates through the bone.
3. EATING MUSIC AND DRESSING IN A WAY THAT 'SOUNDS' GOOD
He said that he can put different coloured food on a plate and arrange them such that he creates "a song", giving him the ability to "eat music". To him, the F and A chords, which correspond to red and green respectively, generally taste good.
In a 2012 TED talk, he said: "Before I used to dress in a way that looked good. Now I dress in a way that sounds good."
During that particular talk, he was "dressed in C Major... quite a happy chord" - yellow trousers, a blue shirt, and a bright pink jacket.
He also said that if he had to attend a funeral he would wear B minor: turquoise, purple and orange.
4. HE DREAMS IN COLOUR
He also told the BBC that the constant input of sounds from his eyeborg initially gave him strong headaches. It was only after the fifth week it was installed, that he became used to it.
According to his 2012 TED talk, he also had to memorise the notes each colour corresponded to,
but that this process is now completely automatic, and that he even dreams hearing colour.
This was the point when he began to feel like a cyborg.
5. LINKING COLOURS TO MUSIC AND SOUNDS INSPIRES HIS ART
Neil Harbisson has also created art pieces based on the colours of musical pieces and songs,
He also created pieces from speeches from two different historical figures: Martin Luther King Jr and Adolf Hitler.
Neil Harbisson admitted that he enjoys putting them side by side without any labels and asking people which piece they prefer.
6. HE AVOIDS DRUNK WOMEN
Yep, how fun?
Harbisson told The Straits Times that he avoids drunk women, because they often try to pull out his eyeborg.
He said: "It's strange. It's happened in so many countries. Men usually don't touch it, with the exception of security guards, who can be suspicious of it."
On the subject of security personnel, he told the BBC that he was once attacked by three policemen at a demonstration who believed he was filming them.
"I told them I was listening to colours, but they thought I was mocking them and tried to pull the camera off my head."
See his video story here from Youtube;