Cyborg Foundation

The Cyborg Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2010 by Moon Ribas and Neil Harbisson. The Foundation works on the creation and development of new senses and perceptions by adapting technology to the human body. It also serves as a platform for research, creation and promotion of new projects. The foundation was originally located at the Tecnocampus Technology Camp in Barcelona. They later moved to New York City. They cooperate with various institutions, universities and research centers around the world.

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Cyborg Foundation Logo.


The mission of the Cyborg Foundation is helping people become cyborgs, promoting the use of cybernetics as part of the human body, and advocating for cyborg rights. They donated cyborg antennas to their blind community and taught blind children the use of color sensing technology to help them improve their color perception. The Cyborg Foundation believes that their cybernetic appendages should be seen as part of their body rather than as a device.

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Neil Harbisson received letters and emails from people around the world who were eager to become cyborgs. The Cyborg Foundation, which has supported many innovative projects since its establishment, has sent cyborg antennas to many visually impaired communities in Europe, Asia and America. Sabriye Tenberken was the first visually impaired person to try Eyeborg. Tenberken was followed by the visually impaired students of Braille Without Borders in Tibet and members of the Sociedad de Ciegos de Pichincha in Ecuador.

The Cyborg Foundation was the overall winner of the [email protected] Awards organized by Tecnocammpus Mataró in 2010.

Spanish film director Rafel Duran Torrent made a short film about the Cyborg Foundation in 2012. The film won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival's Focus Forward Filmmakers competition.

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Cyborg Foundation.

Partnerships and Collaborations

  • In 2010, the Cyborg Foundation is founded by Moon Ribas and Neil Harbisson.
  • In 2012, they entered into a partnership with the University of Pernambuco in Brazil to invent new cybernetic extensions.
  • In 2016, The Parsons School of Design, along with The New School, Sensorium Works, and Pioneer Works, launched Cyborg Futures, a cyborg medical residency program to further the foundation's mission to support the use of cybernetics as part of the body.
  • In 2016, together with Mesa & Cadeira, a group of people (including a dental surgeon, several engineers and a psychologist) created the website for the foundation and a brand new identity, "Design Yourself". The group examines the relationship between technology and humans and seeks to enable humanity to expand its senses and abilities by becoming a cyborg. The group has also developed a dental implant that uses morse code to communicate and can communicate via Bluetooth. The first demonstration of Transdental Communication Systems was held in Sao Paulo.
  • Since the President of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno, announced that his government will cooperate with the Cyborg Foundation to create new sense organs, there has been cooperation with Ecuador on many issues.

Cyborg Rights

  • In 2014, The Cyborg Foundation began to take part in the European Union Robotic Laws Commission.
  • In 2016, together with electronic civil rights and civil liberties researcher and activist Rich MacKinnon, the Cyborg Foundation published a list about Cyborg Civil Rights at the South by Southwest (SXSW) film festival. This list was created in the name of defining and defending cyborg civil liberties and the sanctity of cyborg bodies. It also predicted a battle for the ownership, licensing, and control of augmented, alternative, and synthetic anatomies; the communication, data and telemetry produced by them; and the very definition of what it means to be human.


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