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How Intel helped give the ‘world’s first’ cyborg a voice

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On a cold November day in 2016, Dr Peter Scott-Morgan was having a long, hot soak in the bath. After stepping out of the tub, he gave his foot a shake to get the water off. But his foot wouldn’t move.

Peter was diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND), the same incurable illness that killed Stephen Hawking.

The disease degenerates the nerve cells that enable us to move, speak, breathe, and swallow. In time, it can render a person physically paralyzed while their brain remains alert, locked into a body it can no longer control. Peter was given two years to live.

But Peter had a plan to beat the prognosis. He was going to become a cyborg.