Terminally ill scientist to become world's first cyborg


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Gradually replaces organs with tech to combat rare disease.

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Published: Sun 13 Oct 2019, 4:24 PM

Last updated: Sun 13 Oct 2019, 7:22 PM

A scientist seeks to battle his terminal motor neuron disease by undergoing incremental procedures to become the 'world's first cyborg'. 
Dr. Peter Scott-Morgan, a pioneering roboticist from Devon, UK, was diagnosed with ALS (similar to Stephen Hawking) two years ago and given a year to live. Since then, he has been gradually replacing various organs with robotic parts to combat the effects of his degenerative condition and outlive his prognosis, UNILAD reports.
The most recent action taken by him was to create a computer rendering of his face, which looks and speaks like him and is designed to be controlled using AI. He has had his larynx removed to prevent the risk of saliva getting into his lungs.
He has also rigged up eye-tracking technology to help him control computers, a motorized bed and more using just eye movements.
His journey to becoming 'Peter 2.0' is well documented on Twitter.

Dr. Scott-Morgan hopes his transformation will help others with mobility problems, and continues to spread awareness through the Scott-Morgan Foundation. His story will be told in a documentary, planned to air on BBC TV in 2020.

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