10 Real Life Cyborgs

10 Real Life Cyborgs 10 Bionic penis (Daily Mail) Mohammed Abad was a 44-year-old virgin until he got his bionic penis fitted in 2012

As a child Abad lost his penis in a horrific accident and so lived his life with a substitute penis, in the form of a 3 centimeter pipe However, surgery gave him a new lease of life when he was fitted with an inflatable penis made from flesh cut from his arms Since the installation, he’s popped his cherry with sex worker Charlotte Rose Not only does Abad now have full sensation, but doctors say there’s a possibility he might be able to father children some day 9

Professor Cyborg (Guardian, Rense) University Professor Kevin Warwick has been transforming himself into a cyborg since 1998, when he installed electronic implants in his arm These gave him powers to turn on automatic doors, lights, heaters, and computers with the swipe of his arm He took another adventurous step in 2002 when he flooded his nervous system with 100 electrodes, allowing him to control a foreign robotic arm His experiments were so exciting that his wife took the plunge and became a cyborg too Implanted sensors and microchips in her arm allowed her to communicate a physical signal to her husband over the internet, just by squeezing her hand

8 Hearing Color (Guardian, Daily Mail) Colorblind Neil Harbisson’s life was changed after an amazingly high-tech antenna was attached permanently to his head Born only able to see black and white, he can now see colors beyond human perception The device translates color frequencies into sound frequencies, which allows Harbisson to “hear” color The implant also has an internet connection, so people can send images, files and music to his head

Harbisson’s brain has adapted to the device by building new neural pathways that allow advanced perception 7 Mind-controlled limbs (BBC, RIC) In 2001 Jesse Sullivan was severely electrocuted at work, leading to both of his arms being amputated However, teams at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago changed his life, giving him thought-controlled bionic limbs Surgeons grafted parts of his arms’ nerve muscles into his chest muscles

Amazingly, the chest muscles are able to respond to instructions from his brain and move the bionic arms accordingly Sullivan can also feel temperature and pressure exerted on the arms, thanks to this advanced technology 6 Skull Headphones (Guardian, Extreme Tech) When Rich Lee discovered he was going blind, he had headphone technology implanted into his skull These implants interpret the shape and dimensions of his location based on sound wave frequencies, allowing him to navigate with echolocation

Weirdly, Lee is planning to add a microphone device so that he can eavesdrop on conversations from long distances He is also developing a GPS facility to send maps and directions directly to his brain 5 Touchless Technology (BBC, Telegraph) In 2009 Mark Gasson installed swipe card technology into his hand This has given him the power to open security doors, unlock cell phones, and turn off electricity just by waving

A similar installation in his cell phone meant that it would only operate if he was holding it In a 2010 trial Gasson infected the chip with a computer virus He demonstrated that, despite the chip being inside his body, it could impact external networks, and he was able to corrupted several office computers simply by walking past them 4 Night vision (Gizmodo, Telegraph, Guardian) In 2015 American bio-hacking group Science for the Masses made night vision a reality

The group created a chlorophyll concoction out of chemicals used to treat night blindness to extend human vision into the infrared They then placed the liquid into brave group member Gabriel Licina’s [lye-sinna’s] eyes, which turned them black The experiment worked so well that it gave Licina the ability to see objects from 10 meters away in complete darkness He was even able to distinguish individual figures hiding in woods at night time from 50 meters away 3

Ear Installation (Wired, Guardian) Michael Chorost [COROS] went completely deaf in 2001, but now has full hearing thanks to a computerized cochlear [cock-leer] implant This implant digitally processes sounds and sends them to the ear’s remaining nerve endings It comes with 2 software options Each of these interprets sound differently, and therefore produces a different version of audio reality Amazingly, the implant means that Chorost can now plug himself directly into CD players

2 USB finger (Wired, Guardian, Gizmodo) When Jerry Jalava lost a finger in a 2008 motorbike accident, he turned the remaining stub into a detachable 2GB USB pen drive He can pull off the end of his finger and plug it into any computer USB socket to store movies, photos, and music As well as transferring files, his digit is chock-a-block with operating systems including CouchDBX, Billix and Ajatus Jalava is now working on an upgraded model, which would include a radio-frequency identification tag for security and identification purposes 1

Internet Muscle Control (CNN, Daily Mail, BBC) Performance artist Stelios Arcadiou has computerized himself to prove his theory that the human body is obsolete In 2007 surgeons attached a semi-functional laboratory-grown ear made from human tissue into his left arm Arcadiou’s next plan is to implant a Bluetooth microphone into that ear, so that people can listen to what the ear is “hearing”, via the internet In another shocking performance, he hooked electrodes to his body, which allowed fans to control his muscle movements online

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