Why governments are recognizing new ‘identities’ and ‘abilities’

Neil Harbisson is the world’s first legally recognized cyborg. He has an antenna implanted into his skull that gives him access to something he was born without: the ability to perceive colour. It’s a skill he has been successfully honing for nearly 13 years: crafting pieces of art, symphonies, and building his very own ‘Cyborg’ foundation in its honour. For governments, his case raises important questions on what it means to be human: from administrative issues like, for example, the issuing of a passport ID to more substantial ethical and regulatory questions.

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