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Last Updated : Feb 23, 2018 05:20 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Meet the world’s first 'cyborg' — Neil Harbisson

Neil Harbisson, a British man who has an antenna protruding from his head, claims to be the world’s first official cyborg and the first of many such ‘non-humans’.

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Neil Harbisson, a British man who has an antenna protruding from his head, claims to be the world’s first official cyborg and the first of many such ‘non-humans’. (Reuters)
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Neil Harbisson, a British man who has an antenna protruding from his head, claims to be the world’s first official cyborg and the first of many such ‘non-humans’. (Reuters)

A cyborg (short for "cybernetic organism") is a being with both organic and biomechatronic body parts. (Reuters)
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A cyborg (short for "cybernetic organism") is a being with both organic and biomechatronic body parts. (Reuters)

Harbisson, who is colour blind, claimed that since his British passport photos show him with his antenna, that implies the government considers the antenna as part of him and recognises him as a cyborg. Harbisson had implanted the antenna in 2004 to ‘cure’ his colour blindness. The sensor in the antenna dangling over the top of his head translates light waves into vibrations that he his brain has learned to decode. (Reuters)
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Harbisson, who is colour blind, claimed that since his British passport photos show him with his antenna, that implies the government considers the antenna as part of him and recognises him as a cyborg. Harbisson had implanted the antenna in 2004 to ‘cure’ his colour blindness. The sensor in the antenna dangling over the top of his head translates light waves into vibrations that he his brain has learned to decode. (Reuters)

"I have an antenna that is implanted inside my head, which allows me to extend my perception of reality beyond the visual spectrum. I can sense infrared and ultraviolet, and I also have internet connection in my head that allows me to receive colours from other parts of the world or connect to satellite so I can send colours from space," Harbisson said at the forum which is held annually. (Reuters)
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"I have an antenna that is implanted inside my head, which allows me to extend my perception of reality beyond the visual spectrum. I can sense infrared and ultraviolet, and I also have internet connection in my head that allows me to receive colours from other parts of the world or connect to satellite so I can send colours from space," Harbisson said at the forum which is held annually. (Reuters)

 Speaking at the World Government Summit at Dubai, Harbisson said that he is just first of many, and in future, the world needs to start accepting people with technological body part than organic ones. "I see this as a body part, not a device, but as an organ," Mirror.co.uk quoted him. "And I don't wear an antenna, I have an antenna. So I see this as part of me." (Reuters)
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Speaking at the World Government Summit at Dubai, Harbisson said that he is just first of many, and in future, the world needs to start accepting people with technological body part than organic ones. "I see this as a body part, not a device, but as an organ," Mirror.co.uk quoted him. "And I don't wear an antenna, I have an antenna. So I see this as part of me." (Reuters)

Harbisson is a co-founder of the Cyborg Society and the Transpecies Society — organisations which claim to represent people who identify as non-human. (Reuters)
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Harbisson is a co-founder of the Cyborg Society and the Transpecies Society — organisations which claim to represent people who identify as non-human. (Reuters)

First Published on Feb 23, 2018 02:25 pm
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