Snapshot of the state of the art in bionic cochlear implants

This seems to be doing the rounds but it’s remarkable enough, and close enough to my own personal & research interests that I just have to blog it: My Bionic Quest for Boléro [via boingboing which inaccurately suggests the author of the piece tinkered with the software himself].

While my friends’ ears will inevitably decline with age, mine will only get better.

This is awesome stuff – a perfect example of HCI at a very human level. The author puts it best himself, I think, in the title of his book: How Becoming Part Computer Made Me More Human. I predict (or at least dearly hope) that this a theme we’re going to keep seeing played out, in increasing volume and sophistication, over the next fifty years, along with all the obvious reactionary conservatism from the usual suspects… In the words of Webb: bring the noise.

3 Responses to “Snapshot of the state of the art in bionic cochlear implants”

  1. January 6th, 2006 | 12:33 am

    Do you mean Beatrice or Sidney?

  2. January 6th, 2006 | 3:48 am

    Thanks for the thoughtful comment! I wrote about the issue of modifying oneself at length in my book about getting a cochlear implant – more info at

  3. January 6th, 2006 | 10:26 am

    Wow Michael – thanks for the feedback! I take it I’m wrong, then, when I say Boing Boing were inaccurate… I’ll definitely check out the book. :-) Cheers!