Extending your cognition with technology

Woman in a white art studio, wearing a white dress and hold a piece of plaster shaped like a bird. The table infront is full of plaster mouldings and the walls are covered in flat sculptures.
Extending your thought process into objects to create new knowledge

Cognition does not reside solely in the brain, our body and our world are also part of the cognitive process. While some actions are purely pragmatic and functional, such as switching a light on, ‘epistemic actions’ alter the world in order to aid our cognitive processes, for example rotating a…

Knowledgeable sight vs emotive hearing

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As we perceive and understand our world through our senses they have taken on more intangible or metaphorical associations beyond their physical abilities. Our senses determine not just how we perceive reality functionally but also how we understand and interact with it socially and symbolically. …

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Cyborg Artist Viktoria Modesta crouching down showing off her metal leg in a heel, wearing a long white trench coat
Cyborg Artist Viktoria Modesta

We have been seeing a rapid change in the landscape of identity - moving away from rigid binary boxes, particularly when it comes to gender. We are slowly becoming a society which embraces the plurality of identity and self-definition — or are moving away from definitions altogether. In the world…

5 designs that imagine the future possibilities for enhancing our senses

Headphones with ears on the inside, and body map of implanted devices. Anthropomorphic Sensory Augmentation by Lesley-Ann Daly
‘Anthropomorphic Sensory Augmentation’ — network of implanted devices, by Lesley-Ann Daly, 2016

From seeing hidden colours of the light spectrum to understanding information through our skin, Sensory Augmentation devices merge the human with technology to open up new sensory abilities — and the possibilities are potentially endless. In previous blogs we have looked at several people who already use the technology and…

From feeling the magnetic feild of the planet to hearing wifi, discover the people who have augmented their perception with a new sense.

Multicoloured corridor

In a previous blog we explored Sensory Augmentation technology — a way to expand our perception of the world by merging with technology, giving us added sensory information about the world around us. Here are 5 people who have designed and created their own technology to do just that!


The action and ethics of augmenting the human

Large hand image with white cable coming out from the wrist — merged with the flesh


The idea of using technology to enhance humans has been prominent throughout history and has been popularised by the media for a good part of the last century — from classic sci-fi books such as ‘Brave New World’ (1932), to films like ‘Ghost in the Shell’ (1995) and ‘Gattaca’ (1997)…

Lesley-Ann Daly

PhD Designer and Researcher of Sensory Augmentation tech // Design Strategist at CyborgNest // lesleyanndaly.com

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