A dying scientist battling motor neurone disease has become the world’s first full cyborg.
Dr Peter Scott-Morgan, 61, was diagnosed with the muscle wasting illness two years ago but instead of accepting his fate he decided to transform himself into a robot and extend his life.
He said he wanted to push the boundaries of what science can achieve so decided to extend his life and become fully robotic – and he’s now known as Peter 2.0.
The Sun reports that the world-renowned roboticist, who has had the muscle wasting disease for many years, has already undergone a series of complex and risky operations during his journey including a lifelike avatar of his face before he lost any muscle.
The avatar is designed to respond using artificially intelligent body language and he has also explored eye-tracking technology to enable him to control multiple computers using only his eyes.
And this week he under went the final procedure in his transition – where he traded his voice for potentially decades of life.
He lost his voice but it now means he will avoid the added danger of saliva potentially entering his lungs.
Dr Scott-Morgan labelled this final procedure as the end of Peter 1.0 with a post this week on Twitter, and wrote: “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.”
Dr Scott-Morgan, of Torquay, Devon, added: “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.
“But far more importantly, part of my brain, and all of my external persona, will soon be electronic – totally synthetic.
“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.”
“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.
The scientist has been exploring eye-tracking technology, to enable him to control multiple computers using just his eyes.
He also has a remarkable top-end wheelchair, which he said on Twitter is “brilliantly engineered” and allows him to stand, lie flat and go fast.