Peter Scott-Morgan: world’s first full ‘cyborg’ dies aged 64

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dr Peter Scott-Morgan decided to extend his life and become fully robotic after being diagnosed with MND



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dr Peter Scott-Morgan, who has died aged 64, refused to accept his fate after being diagnosed with motor neuron disease in 2017

Tribute has been paid to a British scientist who, after his death at the age of 64, became the world’s first full-fledged ‘cyborg’.

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Said he wanted to push the boundaries of what science could achieve, he decided to extend his life and become fully robotic.

Peter, from Torquay, Devon, later said he had fully completed his transition to becoming the world’s first full cyborg – dubbed Peter 2.0.

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dr Peter Scott-Morgan, who has died aged 64, refused to accept his fate after being diagnosed with motor neuron disease in 2017

“A visionary thinker”

His family confirmed the news of his death on his Twitter account on Wednesday.

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“To Peter’s amazing rebel supporters: It is with my heart that I let you all know that Peter passed away peacefully surrounded by his family and close ones,” they wrote.

“He was incredibly proud of all of you who supported him and his vision to change the way people view disability.”

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Paying tribute to him, MND Assoc’s VIP team wrote on Twitter: “RIP Dr. Peter Scott-Morgan, our former trustee and a visionary thinker.”

While the MND Association said: “We are saddened to hear that our former trustee, Dr. Peter Scott Morgan passed away. Peter inspired the MND Technology Think Tank and helped raise awareness with his Channel 4 documentary Peter: The Human Cyborg. Our thoughts are with Peter’s husband Francis, his family and friends.”

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dr Peter Scott-Morgan (right) with his husband Francis in 2005.

Face avatar that reacts to the AI’s body language

The world-famous roboticist had to undergo a series of incredibly complex and risky operations during his journey.

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This included developing a remarkably lifelike avatar of his face before he lost any muscles.

Engineered to respond with artificially intelligent body language, the avatar has also explored eye-tracking technology, allowing it to control multiple computers using just its eyes.

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And the final procedure in his robot switch resulted in him successfully trading his voice for potentially decades of life.

He underwent a laryngectomy, which meant he lost his physical voice, but by doing so he avoided the added risk of saliva possibly getting into his lungs due to his condition.

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