What would it be like to have a device osteointegrated into your skull to convert light into sound? Well now you can find out.
There has been a lot of discussion of cyborg culture over the years and this piece from Sally Davis in the gorgeous on-line magazine/blog Nautilus (http://nautil.us/) is well worth a read.
Cyborgs and the culture of the post-human is nothing new of course. In many ways physiotherapists have been involved for years in aids and adaptations that help people move and function. The key difference here is that post-human culture is getting people to move their thinking away from the use of technologies as adaptations to make up for some sort of loss, to enhancements that would otherwise be superfluous…but would be pretty nifty all the same!
Stellarc famously sewed a false ear under the skin of his forearm, and had artificial limbs appended to his body to illustrate that not all rehabilitation technology caters for a ‘lack.’
I, myself, quite fancy the idea of a computer that can type what I think. Think of the money I’d save in printer ink!