Meet the Real- Life Cyborgs
Moon Ribas is the most human-like cyborg you’ll meet. Unlike the extreme “grinders”, the 30-year-old Spanish artist’s biohack is quite unique. Ribas has a minuscule magnet near her elbow that allows her to feel earthquakes anywhere on planet, in real time. “After perceiving this universal movement, and after this motion became an emotion, this is when I felt cyborg. It’s when I felt that my body and cybernetics had united,” Ribas tells the Tedxmünchen audience.
Like her long-term friend Neil harbisson, who has a color-sensing antenna attached to his skull, Ribas says the physical change is not the purpose of being a cyborg. haribsson changed his body, to adjust his psyche, says Ribas. She deciphers the tremors she feels in body into dance movements.
But, why the need to turn into a cyborg?
“I want to perceive movement in a deeper way,” explains Ribas, a choreographer who studied dance at Dartington College in the UK. “The planet moves, constantly shaking and moving every day. I thought it would be amazing to translate the massive and natural movements of the planet in a different way.”
Ribas’ subdermal implant perceives information from an accompanying iphone app that collects seismic movement from geological monitors the world over. The sensation as similar to having a telephone vibrate
in your pants. The higher the magnitude, the stronger the vibration.
Amid the 7.8 quake that shattered parts of Nepal a year ago, strong vibrations throbbing in Ribas’ arm kept her awake all night.
having been receptive to the movements and grumblings of tectonic plates throughout the last three years, Ribas says seismic tremors are misjudged. She thinks it’s unjustifiable that our impression of seismic tremors are all so bad. Earthquakes are part of the evolution
of the planet. what’s worse is we still haven’t adjusted to this natural phenomenon. City plans should have a deeper understanding of the science of earthquakes, and large cities should not be built over active tectonic planet.
To hone her seismic sense, Ribas is thinking about getting implants on her feet so she could distinguish where tremors happen on the planet. Ribas and harbisson are hoping to team up with architects and technologists to enhance their cyborg-like implants.