World’s First Cy­borg Artist

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Neil har­bis­son is the world’s first cy­borg artists. he wear a pros­thetic de­vice, an “eye­borg” that al­lows him to hear the spec­trum, even the col­ors be­yond the range of hu­man sight.

The eye­borg was up­dated, which means his skull is presently Blue­tooth-en­abled. he can ei­ther con­nect with gad­gets that are close by, or con­nect with the in­ter­net. As a mat­ter of fact, he can con­nect to any­where in the world.

he be­lieves we peo­ple have a duty to use in­no­va­tion to rise above our senses. Be­com­ing a cy­borg isn’t a life de­ci­sion, it’s an artis­tic state­ment, more about treat­ing our body and brain as a sculp­ture.

har­bis­son’s unique “eye­borg” – de­vel­oped 10 years back by Ply­mouth Univer­sity cy­ber­net­ics ex­pert Adam Mon­tan­don – meant he had to wear ear­phones con­nected to a lap­top all the time. En­su­ing op­er­a­tions en­abled him to ditch this, as a vi­brat­ing chip was set first against, then in­side his skull. Si­mul­ta­ne­ously, he turned into the world’s first cy­borg artist.

har­bis­son is quite se­ri­ous about be­ing viewed as a cy­borg artist. he had to fight with the UK Pass­port Author­ity, which at first op­posed his point of hav­ing a travel per­mit pic­ture of him with the an­tenna. he con­tended that it was not a piece of tech­nol­ogy but rather some por­tion of his body, and they in the

long run bowed down – a first for cy­borg rights.

why did he de­cide to have the an­tenna im­planted into his skull?

The an­tenna ad­di­tion­ally en­ables him to per­ceive hues past the nor­mal hu­man range: he can hear in­frared and ul­travi­o­let. For him, red isn’t the color of pas­sion, it’s a serene color. Vi­o­let how­ever, is a sav­age to the ears.

Dr. Kevin war­wick, a pro­fes­sor of cy­ber­net­ics at Read­ing Univer­sity, made head­lines when the univer­sity claimed a chip im­planted into his ner­vous sys­tem passed the 65-year old Tur­ing Test. In 1998, war­wick be­come the world’s first cy­borg. he had a ra­dio fre­quency ID im­planted in his arm, and as a re­sult he can turn on light by snap­ping his fin­gers.

Dr. war­wick is cer­tain that hu­mans will fall be­hind if won’t ad­vance with the ro­bots, and rather keep build­ing them. he doesn’t want to be a ro­bot, rather a bet­ter hu­man. Aug­ment­ing our abil­i­ties, is the ba­sis of the “cy­borg”. As a mat­ter of fact, one of the ear­li­est uses of the term was by sci­en­tists Nathan S. Kline and Man­fred E. Clynes in 1960, when de­scrib­ing their idea of an en­hanced hu­man be­ing who could sur­vive in the harsh­est of alien en­vi­ron­ments.

Ac­cord­ing to the Ox­ford English Dic­tionary, “A cy­borg is es­sen­tially a man-ma­chine sys­tem in which the con­trol mech­a­nisms of the hu­man por­tion are mod­i­fied ex­ter­nally by drugs or reg­u­la­tory de­vices so that the be­ing can live in an en­vi­ron­ment dif­fer­ent from the nor­mal one.”

Does this make war­wick the world’s first cy­borg? what about the era of cy­borgs? May be, we might start re­ally sim­ple, like hav­ing a third ear in our hands. Or a small vi­bra­tor em­bed into our heads to de­tect if there’s some­one be­hind us.

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