We are getting closer to the future of cyborgs that were predicted by science fiction flicks such as Terminator, Robocop, and Ghost in the Shell. One scientist believes in the union of tech and the human body so much that he is ready to transform into a cyborg.
Dr. Peter Scott-Morgan has seen his body ravaged by Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease. The motor neurone disease (MND) destroys the neurons that control voluntary muscles. ALS can paralyze a person, and the condition can get so severe that it causes a person to lose the ability to walk, talk, and even breathe. Dr. Peter Scott-Morgan is fighting against ALS by transforming into a cyborg.
Two years ago, Peter was diagnosed with ALS, and doctors told him that the muscle-deteriorating disease would paralyze his entire body except for his eyes. Physicians also told Peter that he only has two years left to live. Peter, who is a roboticist, decided to turn his body into a cyborg in a last-ditch effort to fight against the terminal disease.
“And when I say ‘Cyborg,’ I don’t just mean any old cyborg, you understand, but by far the most advanced human cybernetic organism ever created in 13.8 billion years,” says Dr. Scott-Morgan.
“Almost everything about me is going to be irreversibly changed – body and brain,” Peter says. “It goes without saying that all my physical interaction with the world will become robotic. And naturally, my existing five senses are going to be enhanced.”
“But far more importantly, part of my brain, and all of my external persona, will soon be electronic – totally synthetic,” Scott-Morgan states. “From then on, I’ll be part hardware, part wetware, part digital, part analog.”
Dr. Scott-Morgan has no time to wait for the technology to be perfected, he is going through his cyborg metamorphosis this month. “I’ve got more upgrades in progress than Microsoft,” Peter jokes.
On October 9th, the 61-year-old Scott_Morgan tweeted: “THIS IS MY LAST POST as Peter 1.0. Tomorrow I trade my voice for potentially decades of life as we complete the final medical procedure for my transition to Full Cyborg, the month I was told statistically I would be dead. I’m not dying, I’m transforming! Oh, how I LOVE Science!!!”
Peter underwent a laryngectomy to remove his larynx and to prevent saliva from entering his lungs and causing Aspiration Pneumonia. But Peter is giving up his ability to talk with his own voice. “Thanks to HiTech – I will talk again,” the extremely upbeat Scott-Morgan said. “I will convey Emotion and Personality. And I’ll reach out and touch the people I love. And I will not be the only one.”
Peter, who wants to become half man and half robot, has been using eye-tracking technology so that he can control a computer by only using his eyes.
Dr. Scott-Morgan has undergone surgeries such as inserting a feeding tube directly into his stomach, a colostomy bag directly onto his colon, and a catheter directly into his bladder. These allow him more independence.
Peter had a life-like avatar of his face created before he lost any more facial muscle.
This is the first step of many for him to become Peter 2.0. “This is a terminal disease like you’ve never seen it before. And as far as I’m concerned, bring it on. MND hasn’t even begun to bring me to my knees. And even long after I’m locked in, I will still be standing tall.”