A terminally ill scientist is about to become the first "complete cyborg" in the world; has just undergone the last medical procedure required to become – in his words – "Peter 2.0".
After receiving a motor neuron diagnosis two years ago, Dr. Peter Scott-Morgan chose to fight his disease using his scientific prowess. challenge the very notion of what it means to be human.
Dr. Scott-Morgan, 61, has bravely defeated the limits of this devastating disease that causes muscle wasting. gradually replacing organic body functions with incredible technological tools.
WONDERFUL DAY with some key members of #TheScottMorganFoundation: Intel (same team having worked with Stephen Hawking) and Fjord / Accenture (UI preparation); Meet with other 3rd teams at the DXC Innovation Center for final preparation before my laryngectomy in 10 DAYS !!! pic.twitter.com/E8ZLV3i9Bd
– Dr. Peter B. Scott-Morgan (@DrScottMorgan) September 30, 2019
Devon's venerable robot scientist focused his pioneering work on his own body; using the kind of technology that would be out of place in a movie in the outer reaches of space.
Dr. Scott-Morgan has already developed an incredibly realistic avatar of his own face before any muscle loss. by preserving his expressions and his facial reactions.
The pioneering scientist also studied eye tracking technology that could allow him to use multiple computers using only his eyes; allowing her to potentially control her electronic bed with just a glance.
This week, Dr. Scott-Morgan underwent the final procedure to become a "complete cyborg", announcing its milestone news via Twitter:
THIS IS MY LAST POST under the name of Peter 1.0. Tomorrow, I exchange my voice for decades of life as we complete the final medical procedure of my transition to Full Cyborg, the month when I was told statistically that I would be dead. I do not die, I transform myself! Oh, I love science !!!
THIS IS MY LAST POST under the name of Peter 1.0. Tomorrow, I exchange my voice for decades of life as we complete the final medical procedure of my transition to Full Cyborg, the month when I was told statistically that I would be dead. I do not die, I transform myself! Oh, I love science !!! pic.twitter.com/xCO17ph0lp
– Dr. Peter B. Scott-Morgan (@DrScottMorgan) October 9, 2019
Dr. Scott-Morgan underwent laryngectomy. give up his physical voice to avoid the risk of saliva potentially entering his lungs.
Most people would be afraid of losing their voice, even if such an operation was necessary. However, Dr. Scott-Morgan is well prepared for this eventuality.
As revealed in an article published on Twitter in January, Dr. Scott-Morgan has already "accumulated" his voice using an advanced voice synthesizer – and impregnated with personality -:
VOICE BANKING – BUT NOT LIKE YOU KNOW IT! I spend 30 hours in this recording studio looking for ways to not only add Expressivity to my existing synth voice, so I do not have a robotic sound, but a certain personality. Really? Really. Really?? Yes really! You know what I mean?!?
HUGELY EXCITED TO PRE-ANNOUNCE the launch on August 14th of Francis' s and my charitable foundation. We have extraordinary advice and considerable support from companies to change the meaning of the existence of an extreme deficiency: seek advanced collaborative artificial intelligence that allows EVERYONE OF WE ARE THICK !!! pic.twitter.com/gd5loxgxZw
– Dr. Peter B. Scott-Morgan (@DrScottMorgan) July 31, 2019
In the future, Dr. Scott-Morgan hopes that this advanced technology will help other people with mobility issues and continues to develop, create and disseminate information through the Scott Morgan Foundation.
Dr. Peter Scott-Morgan will be informed through a documentary on Channel 4, which will be broadcast in 2020.
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before obtaining his MA in International Relations from the University of Leiden in the Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist at News Associates in Manchester. Jules has already worked as a blogger, writer and freelancer in mental health for various publications.