“We are within touching distance of changing — everything. I’m not dying — I’m transforming!” as quoted by Peter Scott Morgan on his website.
How far can one go to incorporate science and technology in life? Peter Scott Morgan is a living breathing example of that. He is on the threshold of transforming himself into the world’s first full cyborg. Cyborg simply stands for a manifestation of both biomechatronic and organic body parts in a human. Peter here is a scientist and is on the verge of death through his muscle wasting disease called motor neurone. He was diagnosed with this about some two years ago and has not been led down with it. But has instead taken the bold step forward to contest and challenge science in the field of humanitarian nature.
Peter being a roboticist himself, has no problem declaring that he would become fully robotic and will be happy to be known as Peter 2.0. With this attempt, he is taking his chances and is pushing the boundaries of science.
This elaborate case of transformation in a robot, has been in process for long and the Peter has already been under the knife for operations and procedures for the same. His lifelong journey speaks of a list of some risky and intricate operations. In one, he had to build up an exact replica of his face. This avatar is arranged and wired in a way to respond by making use of artificially intelligent body language. Not only this, there is also a space where eye tracking technology has been put into place. This will aid to control more than one computers at once.
This week is the finale where this transition of a man into a robot will witness the last of its tedious operations. Here, he trades his voice. Peter calls his own, original self as Peter 1.0 and in regard to this final procedure he took to Twitter and wrote, This is my last post as Peter 1.0. Tomorrow (Thursday 10/10) 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.”
Furthermore, he added, ‘I’m about to be turned into Peter 2.0. And when I say ‘Peter 2.0’, I mean ‘a Cyborg’…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. I’m scheduled to become the world’s very first full Cyborg. Almost everything about me is going to be irreversibly changed — body and brain. 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… From then on, I’ll be part hardware/part wetware, part digital/part analogue. And it won’t stop there; I’ve got more upgrades in progress than Microsoft. Mine isn’t just a version change. It’s a metamorphosis.”
We can say that Peter isn’t afraid of science and its nuances. With such complex operations that he has been through like, being fed through a tube directly into the stomach, catheter directly into the bladder along with a colostomy bag straight into his colon, he has never backed off. Instead he is hellbent on “thriving” rather than just surviving. Peter has surrendered his body totally to science and takes pride in becoming the world’s first cyborg.
This is not it. Peter and his husband, Francis also gave birth to the Scott Morgan Foundation. Here they make an attempt to positively affect and change the lives of those struck by ill health, age, disability and some other physical and mental disadvantage. Moreover, Scott-Morgan will be the theme of a Channel 4 documentary to aired in 2020.
news source – Times of India