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Terminally ill scientist ‘transforms himself into world’s first full cyborg’

‘I’m not dying, I’m transforming. Oh, how I love science’

A British scientist who is terminally ill with a muscle wasting disease says he has transformed into the worlds first full cyborg.
Dr Peter Scott-Morgan refused to accept his fate after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND) in 2017 and decided to extend his existence using technology.
The 61-year-old announced he was planning to upgrade both his body and brain to become the most advanced human cybernetic organism ever created in 13.8 billion years.
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And this week the roboticist from Torquay in Devon emerged from 24 days in intensive care to reveal that Peter 2.0 is now online.
All medical procedures now complete and a huge success, he told his followers online. My mini-ventilator keeping me breathing is a LOT quieter than Darth Vaders.
All speech is synthetic but at last sounds like me again. Long research road ahead but in great spirits.
Dr Peter Scott-Morgan returns home to Torquay in Devon after a series of operations to extend his life (Peter Scott-Morgan / SWNS)
The process has included a series of operations to insert a feeding tube directly into his stomach, a catheter directly into his bladder and a colostomy bag directly on to his colon, to allow him to deal with feeding and toilet problems.
He also underwent a laryngectomy to avoid the added danger of saliva potentially entering his lungs which he described as trading his natural voice for potentially decades of life.
Dr Scott-Morgan now relies on synthetic speech and has developed a life-like avatar of his face, designed to respond using artificially intelligent body language.
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Japan’s robot carers
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A caretaker, wearing walking rehabilitation equipment ‘Tree’, helps a resident with his walking training at Shin-tomi nursing home in Tokyo, Japan
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Yoichi Suzuki holds an ‘AIBO’, a pet dog robot which his father used for his rehabilitation, as he stands in front of his father’s portrait which he displayed at his father’s funeral, at his house in Takahagi, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
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Yoichi Suzuki spends time with ‘AIBO’, a pet dog robot, which his father used for his rehabilitation at his house in Takahagi, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
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A broken ‘AIBO’, a pet dog robot, waits for repair in A Fun’s office in Kasama, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
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Residents follow moves made by humanoid robot ‘Pepper’ during an afternoon exercise routine at Shin-tomi nursing home in Tokyo, Japan
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A resident approaches humanoid robot ‘Pepper’ to pat its head during an afternoon exercise routine at Shin-tomi nursing home in Tokyo, Japan
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Parts collected from broken ‘AIBO’s are kept in a box in A Fun’s office in Kasama, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
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Funabashi Hiroshi from A Fun, repairs broken’AIBO’s, pet dog robots, at his office in Kasama, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
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Residents follow moves made by humanoid robot ‘Pepper’ during an afternoon exercise routine at Shin-tomi nursing home in Tokyo, Japan
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Humanoid robot ‘Pepper’ is charged after an afternoon exercise routine for residents at Shin-tomi nursing home in Tokyo, Japan
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A resident touches robot seal ‘PARO’ at Shin-tomi nursing home in Tokyo, Japan
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Humanoid robot ‘Pepper’ holds its hands up for residents to follow the moves during an afternoon exercise routine at Shin-tomi nursing home in Tokyo, Japan
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A caretaker wearing a motion assist equipment ‘Muscle Suit’ carries a resident from a bed to a wheelchair at Shin-tomi nursing home in Tokyo, Japan
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A resident claps to call ‘AIBO’, a pet dog robot at Shin-tomi nursing home in Tokyo, Japan
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‘AIBO’, a pet dog robot, which Yoichi Suzuki’s father used for his rehabilitation, is seen at Suzuki’s house in Takahagi, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
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A resident reads a book during a session with ‘AIBO’ a pet dog robot and ‘PARO’ a robot seal at Shin-tomi nursing home in Tokyo, Japan
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A resident touches ‘AIBO’, a pet dog robot, at Shin-tomi nursing home in Tokyo, Japan
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A caretaker wearing a ‘HAL for care support’ robot suit pushes a wheelchair at Shin-tomi nursing home in Tokyo, Japan
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A caretaker, wearing walking rehabilitation equipment ‘Tree’, helps a resident with his walking training at Shin-tomi nursing home in Tokyo, Japan
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Yoichi Suzuki holds an ‘AIBO’, a pet dog robot which his father used for his rehabilitation, as he stands in front of his father’s portrait which he displayed at his father’s funeral, at his house in Takahagi, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
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Yoichi Suzuki spends time with ‘AIBO’, a pet dog robot, which his father used for his rehabilitation at his house in Takahagi, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
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A broken ‘AIBO’, a pet dog robot, waits for repair in A Fun’s office in Kasama, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
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Residents follow moves made by humanoid robot ‘Pepper’ during an afternoon exercise routine at Shin-tomi nursing home in Tokyo, Japan
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A resident approaches humanoid robot ‘Pepper’ to pat its head during an afternoon exercise routine at Shin-tomi nursing home in Tokyo, Japan
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Parts collected from broken ‘AIBO’s are kept in a box in A Fun’s office in Kasama, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
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Funabashi Hiroshi from A Fun, repairs broken’AIBO’s, pet dog robots, at his office in Kasama, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
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Residents follow moves made by humanoid robot ‘Pepper’ during an afternoon exercise routine at Shin-tomi nursing home in Tokyo, Japan
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Humanoid robot ‘Pepper’ is charged after an afternoon exercise routine for residents at Shin-tomi nursing home in Tokyo, Japan
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A resident touches robot seal ‘PARO’ at Shin-tomi nursing home in Tokyo, Japan
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Humanoid robot ‘Pepper’ holds its hands up for residents to follow the moves during an afternoon exercise routine at Shin-tomi nursing home in Tokyo, Japan
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A caretaker wearing a motion assist equipment ‘Muscle Suit’ carries a resident from a bed to a wheelchair at Shin-tomi nursing home in Tokyo, Japan
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A resident claps to call ‘AIBO’, a pet dog robot at Shin-tomi nursing home in Tokyo, Japan
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‘AIBO’, a pet dog robot, which Yoichi Suzuki’s father used for his rehabilitation, is seen at Suzuki’s house in Takahagi, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
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A resident reads a book during a session with ‘AIBO’ a pet dog robot and ‘PARO’ a robot seal at Shin-tomi nursing home in Tokyo, Japan
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A resident touches ‘AIBO’, a pet dog robot, at Shin-tomi nursing home in Tokyo, Japan
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A caretaker wearing a ‘HAL for care support’ robot suit pushes a wheelchair at Shin-tomi nursing home in Tokyo, Japan
He has also explored eye-tracking technology to enable him to control multiple computers, undergoing laser eye surgery to give him perfect vision at 70cm the distance from his computer screen.
And the scientist described his new wheelchair, which allows him to stand, lie flat and move around with speed, as brilliantly engineered.
Dr Scott-Morgan, who was told by experts that he would probably be dead by the end of this year, said last month: Im not dying, Im transforming. Oh, how I love science.
He also joked that he has got more upgrades in progress than Microsoft.
His transition to cyborg is charted on his website, which argues that MND should be seen as an opportunity to upgrade rather than as a death sentence.
Over time, more and more with MND, with extreme disability, with old age, with a passion simply to break free from their physical straightjacket, will choose to stand beside me, he wrote.
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And we will all stand tall. And we will stand proud… because we refuse simply to Stay Alive.
The scientist has set up a foundation with his husband husband, Francis, and has lobbied MPs for support for his Right to Thrive campaign calling for more funding and a change to healthcare guidelines.
He said fewer than one per cent of those with MND are provided with the life-saving combination of a tracheotomy and a cough-assist machine to clear the lungs of phlegm.
We need to make a noise that rises above the clamour of business as usual and Brexit, he said. For far too long, the voice of MND has been largely unheard.
Additional reporting by SWNS

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