We’ve seen them on TV and in the movies, but as far as anyone knew, cyborgs were not a real thing.
The part human, part robot creations make for good entertainment (and solid villains in “Star Trek”), but that’s about as far as they go. Until now, anyway.
A British artist named Neil Harbisson was born with achromatopsia, which only allows him to see things in black and white. In 2004 he had an antenna implanted into his skull, which he says allows him to hear colors. Because the antenna is shown in his passport photo, Harbisson believes the U.K. government accepts that he is a cyborg.
Technically, he might be right
The sensor translates light waves into vibrations, which his brain then interprets into colors for him.
Harbisson said he sees the antenna more as a body part or organ than a device, adding it is something he has, not wears.
He added it allows him to sense infrared and ultraviolet light, as well as receive colors from other parts of the world and even space.
It all comes courtesy of the antenna, and given that the Dictionary.com definition of cyborg is “a person whose physiological functioning is aided by or dependent upon a mechanical or electronic device,” it appears Harbisson has a solid case to say he is one.
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