A British-born man who has an antenna implanted in his skull claims that he is the world’s first cyborg, and that there are many more to come.
The device, which the self-declared ‘cyborg artist’ says lets him hear colours, is featured in his passport photo.
Government – Accepts – Device – Part – Cyborg
He believes that this means the UK government accepts that the device is a part of him and therefore recognises him as a cyborg.
Neil Harbisson spoke to journalists at the World Government Summit in Dubai, held in the north-eastern United Arab Emirates capital city this week.
Antenna – Colours – Time
He had the antenna implanted in 2004, which allowed him to perceive colours for the first time.
He previously suffered from achromatopsia, a condition that only let him see in black and white.
Sensor – Top – Head – Translates – Waves
The sensor that dangles over the top of his head translates light waves into vibrations that his brain has learned to decode.
This is similar to the naturally occurring, but extremely rare, perceptual phenomenon synaesthesia, which causes people to experience different senses at the same time.
Mr – Harbisson – Governments – People – Body
Mr Harbisson warned that governments needed to accept that there will soon be more people with technological rather than organic body parts.
He said: ‘I see this as a body part, not a device,…
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