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Meet the first humans to sense where north is

The Guardian

Liviu Babitz opens his collar to reveal a small silicone gadget, the size of a matchbox, attached to his chest with two titanium bars that sit just under the skin. Most resembling a compact bike light, the North Sense that Babitz has attached is an artificial sense organ that delivers a short vibration every time the user faces North. "Around us is an entire universe we don't perceive," Cohen explains. "As we walk down the street there's radiation, X-rays, infrared and ultraviolet, as well as the electromagnetic field of the planet. So we want to create new senses to become aware of our environment."

Would You Want Immortal Life as a Cyborg?


But some transhumanists hope to slowly morph into "immortal cyborgd" with endlessly replaceable parts. Did you recently welcome a child into the world? An upstanding responsible parent such as yourself is surely doing all you can to prepare your little one for all the pitfalls life has in store. However, thanks to technology, children born in 2014 may face a far different set of issues than you ever had to. And we're not talking about simply learning to master a new generation of digital doohickeys, we're talking about living in a world in which the very definition of "human" becomes blurred.

Artist says UK government recognises his cyborg status

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A British-born man who has an antenna implanted in his skull claims that he is the world's first cyborg, and that there are many more to come.

The rise of the cyborg: Are we ready for augmented humans? - Computer Business Review


Given the amount of criticism IoT security faces, should embedded tech really be a reality? With the rise of the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence, many unique innovations have been unveiled across various industries and the field just keeps growing. The two industries may be in their infancy but they've already helped with the creation of a new category called Artificial Sensors. At the annual SAS Global Forum, Artist and Cyborg activist Neil Harbisson delivered a keynote discussing his Cyborg project which has enabled him to develop artificial sensors that are embedded into the human body to transmit senses. This began with himself in 2003, when Harbisson became the first person to have an antenna implanted to his skull.

Humans of the near future


A new breed of human is on its way. Transhumanists are a group who seek to accelerate the evolution of humanity through science and technology. Oliver Pickup investigates the movement, the implications for humankind and asks, is it morally wrong to augment humans? The world's preeminent'cyborg artist', Neil Harbisson (pictured above), has been stopped "several times a day, every single day, since March 22, 2004". It's impossible for him to forget the date: that Monday, 13 years ago, he had an antenna fixed to his skull in order to'hear' colour.