How many people actually claim to be cyborgs? The answer is surprisingly few. A decade ago, the web was much entertained by the activities of Kevin Warwick, instigator of Project Cyborg and obsessed with the interface between consciousness and data in the days before we realised data was essentially everywhere and that the human-machine interface might not be as important as other factors. Throw in the work of Neil Harbisson, sensor equipped artist, as well as a few other experimental medical processes, and you have a genre which blossoms in literature but which still seems to be out of step with how technology evolves and is used.

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