Peter Scott-Morgan, world’s first ‘cyborg,’ dies at 64

The Washington Examiner reports that Peter Scott-Morgan, the man who became a cyborg in order to extend his life, has died. He was 64 .

Scott-Morgan’s death was announced Tuesday on Twitter by his family.

The family wrote:

To Peter’s amazing rebel supporters: With a broken heart, I’m letting you all know that Peter passed peacefully surrounded by his family, and those closest to him. He was incredibly proud of all of you who supported him, and his vision of changing the way people see disability.

Peter 2.0

Scott-Morgan was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a moton neuron disease that leads to the loss of muscle movement. Doctors informed him that he only had two years to live.

Scott-Morgan, however, decided to try to fight this. He did so by using his background in robotics in order to try to become fully robotic. This quest was captured in the 2020 documentary, “Peter: The Human Cyborg.”

The New York Post reports:

Scott-Morgan . . .  developed an incredibly life-like avatar to smile and express his emotions as his face muscles failed, had a voice box fitted with his own recorded speech, used eye-tracking technology to operate computers, and used a wheelchair that allowed him to stand and lie flat.

The outlet adds that Scott-Morgan “also used a catheter and colostomy bag to use the toilet and had his larynx removed so saliva did not flood his lungs.”

The transformation was completed in 2019 when Peter 2.0 became the world’s first human cyborg. This quest extended Scott-Morgan’s life by an additional five years.

“Breaking free”

Scott-Morgan’s supporters have been offering their condolences on social media.

Scott-Morgan once explained the purpose of his journey to become the world’s first human cyborg.

He said:

I wanted to reinvent for everyone what it means to be trapped in your own body. This isn’t just about MND. It’s about any disability, whether from accident, disease, genetics, or even simply old age, even dementia. But ultimately, it’s about everyone on Earth breaking free. I’m lucky enough to be a prototype, and neo-human, an early experiment in how humanity can make a huge leap into our future.

Scott-Morgan believed that technology, including AI and robotics, was a means to this end.

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