Tuesday, December 27, 2005

For The Love Of Music

Beautiful account of how programming and re-programming software for a cochlear implant gave a deaf man back the joy of listening to his favorite piece of music so many times over. Particularly loved the last line in the article :

"My hearing is no longer limited by the physical circumstances of my body. While my friends' ears will inevitably decline with age, mine will only get better."

But for his love for Ravel's Bolero, Michael Chorost may have never challenged technology to return to him more than he had lost.

Maybe in time techlogy will bring musical sounds in nature like that of wind whistling through holes in a bamboo glade, the shivering of leaves in rain and the rustling of grass in breeze much closer to the bionic ear than the real.

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