The first person in the world to become a government-recognized cyborgAnnalee Newitz12/02/13 5:58pmFiled to: posthumanismcyborgsneil harbissoncitizen cyborgfuturismsciencetechnologyeyeborg14614EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalink Neil Harbisson is the first person on the planet to have a passport photo that shows his cyborg nature — in his UK passport, he's wearing a head-mounted device called an eyeborg. The color-blind artist says the eyeborg allows him to see color, and he wants to help other cyborgs like himself gain more rights.Anyone who has ever gotten a passport photo knows Harbisson has accomplished something that once seemed bureaucratically impossible. Other people with cyborg headgear, like Steve Mann, have had their gear forcibly removed and been refused entrance into buildings for wearing devices on their heads. But with a passport photo that shows the eyeborg as part of Harbisson's face, it will be harder for people to argue that his eyeborg is an optional accessory, like a camera or a hat. And somebody trying to take his augmentation off could be committing a violent crime equivalent to injuring his face.