Thursday, 6 November 2014

Neil Harbisson, the first cyborg.

Neil Harbisson is the son of a Catalan mother and an Irish father. He was born with achromatopsia, a condition that allowed him to see in grayscale. He grew up in Mataró in Catalonia, Spain, where he studied music and art.

He is a contemporary artist and cyborg activist best known for creating the first cyborg antenna and for being the first person in the world to have an antenna implanted in his skull. The antenna allows him to perceive visible colours such as infrareds and ultraviolets via sound waves as well as receive images, videos, music or phone calls directly into his head via external devices such as mobile phones or satelites.

In 2004, he was officially recognized as a cyborg by a government.

Since 2004, he has been described by international media as the world's first cyborg or the world's first cyborg artist, for expressing himself artistically through a new sense created by the permanent union between cybernetics and his brain. In 2010, he founded the Cyborg Foundation, an international organisation that helps humans become cyborgs and promotes cyborgism as an art movement. 

Taken form Wikipedia.

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