Neil Harbisson

Neil Harbisson (born 27 July 1984) is a Catalan-raised, British-born cyborg artist and transpecies activist based in New York City. He is best known for being the first person in the world with an antenna implanted in his skull and for his claim to be the first cyborg legally recognized by a government. His antenna sends audible vibrations in his skull to report information to him. This includes measurements of electromagnetic radiation, phone calls, music, as well as video or images which are translated into audible vibrations. His wifi enabled antenna also allows him to receive signals and data from satellites.

Since 2004, international media has described him as the world’s first cyborg or the world’s first cyborg artist. In 2010, he co-founded the Cyborg Foundation, an international organisation that defends cyborg rights, promotes cyborg art and supports people who want to become cyborgs. In 2017, he co-founded the Transpecies Society, an association that gives voice to people with non-human identities, raises awareness of the challenges transpecies face, advocates for the freedom of self-design and offers the development of new senses and organs in community.