The story of the extraordinary journey of super-scientist Peter Scott-Morgan, as he turns himself into a cyborg in an attempt to overcome the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) that will otherwise kill him. With unprecedented access to Peter and an international group of doctors, scientists, engineers and designers, the programme follows 18 months of one of the most audacious transitions ever undertaken, employing radical surgery, artificially intelligent computers and robotics technology. From the moment when he was diagnosed with MND in 2017, Peter saw this terminal diagnosis as an opportunity to put his fascination with robotics into practice and become the world’s first human cyborg. As his physical condition deteriorates, Peter and his team attempt to capture as much of his old self as possible, from synthetised speech to a facial avatar. With much of the technology being applied for the first time, Peter’s journey has profound implications for many people who suffer from conditions like MND, and opens up the biggest question of all: what does it mean to be human?
Peter: The Human Cyborg – Wednesday 9pm on Channel 4