The term ‘cyborg’ is defined as ‘a person whose physical abilities are extended beyond normal human limitations’. Before Thinking Digital 2018, I thought cyborgs were a thing of science fiction and comic books. This was before meeting Moon Ribas. Moon is a member of the Cyborg Institute and defines herself as trans-species (meaning she feels partly human and partly cyborg).
She feels this way because of a technological adjustment she has made to her own body. Within Moon’s feet are technological implants that register the movement of the earth. If an earthquake occurs anywhere on the planet, or the tectonic plates move with speed, the seismic sense in her feet react to its severity.
But she’s not alone. Fellow cyborg, Neil Harrison, has a more obvious addition to his body. This comes in the form of an antenna on his head, connected to his skull. This converts the light wave patterns around him into vibrations, essentially allowing him to feel colour.
As a pair, both Moon and Neil also share an additional piece of tech. A bluetooth tooth. By clicking their mouths in morse code, the other will register the pattern, allowing information from anywhere on the planet to be shared.
This kind of tech might seem as if it’s from another world, but these additions could be regarded as another way of looking at human evolution. Even though they may not feel like a natural addition to the human body, the intelligence needed to create the tech is a credit to the intellectual evolution of modern man.