Using technology to extend the senses is an old human dream, on which sensory substitution and other augmentation technologies have now delivered. Laser tactile canes, corneal implants and magnetic belts can correct or extend what individuals could otherwise perceive. However, they remain mostly detached from the most recent technological progress in artificial intelligence.

In this project, we explore what happens when AI’s computational capacities are coupled with artificial sensors and the human senses. We find that intelligent sensory augmentation improves on existing sensory augmentation devices and that it challenges the existing criteria for sensory augmentation.

Keywords: sensory substitution, sensory extension, intelligent sensory augmentation, information quality, senses, artificial intelligence

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Ptito, M., Iversen, K., Auvray, M., Deroy, O., & Kupers, R. (2018, January). Limits of the classical functionalist perspective on sensory substitution. In PROCEEDINGS-BRITISH ACADEMY (Vol. 219, No. 1, pp. 130-149). Oxford University Press.

Deroy, O., & Auvray, M. (2014). A crossmodal perspective on sensory substitution. Perception and its modalities, 327-349.

Deroy, O., & Auvray, M. (2012). Reading the world through the skin and ears: A new perspective on sensory substitution. Frontiers in psychology, 3, 457.

Louis Longin

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Ophelia Deroy
Ophelia Deroy