Neil Harbisson is the world’s first officially recognised cyborg. He has a wifi-enabled antenna in his head and is the first half-human robot in the world.
An Antenna for Colour Blindness
Harbisson was born in the United Kingdom and was Catalan raised. He is colour blind and has been seeking solutions for this ailment for some time. The antenna in his head has helped him with the colour blindness.
Through the antenna implanted in his skull, Harbisson is able to ‘hear’ the tonal equivalent of colours. Thanks to the antenna, Harbisson’s perception of reality is extended beyond the visual spectrum. In addition, Neil can sense both infrared and ultraviolet colour spectrums which are not visible to the naked eye. In addition, he has an internet connection in his head that allows him to receive colours from other parts of the world. He can connect to satellites in order to receive colours from space.
The World’s First Cyborg
In 2004, Harbisson was recognised as the world’s first cyborg. Since, he has become the co-founder of the Cyborg Foundation – an international organisation that defends cyborg rights, promotes cyborg art and supports people who want to become cyborgs.
The wifi-enabled antenna in Harbisson’s skull sends vibrations which report information to him. Videos, images, electromagnetic radiation are all translated into audible vibrations.
Harbisson says he considers the antenna as a body part or an organ, and not as a device. Furthermore, he says it is as much as part of him as any other body part.
World Government Summit in Dubai
The World Government Summit was held in Dubai this year. And, which Harbisson attended. It took place from the 11th February to 13th February 2018 at the Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The World Government Summit is a global platform. The future of worldwide governments are shaped here. Every year, the agenda for the next generation of governments is set at the Summit. Currently there is a focus on harnessing technology and innovation to solve global challenges facing humanity.
Image Credit: Courtesy: Dubai Media Office