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I have recently been reading about a variety of body modifications ranging from a simple tattoo or ear ring. This led me to wondering about the history of body modification. I tried to ask this as a broad question, but it was too broad, so this led me to wondering when the first body modification involving electronics took place.

When did the first electronic body modification take place? What was it?

  • Easily pre-historic around the globe, because numerous stone-age cultures discovered in the 18th and 19th century practiced, including the Maori and Polynesians. – Pieter Geerkens Jul 12 '16 at 22:15
  • @PieterGeerkens How do you think I could make this more specific? A specific type of body modification? – Benjamin Jul 12 '16 at 22:20
  • It may not be possible - as the answer to so many variations is clearly pre-historic. The onus really is on you to inquire about a specific body modification that can be proven to NOT be pre-historic, and there may not be any that have ever been widely practiced. – Pieter Geerkens Jul 12 '16 at 22:22
  • @PieterGeerkens What about the way I phrased it now? Still to broad? – Benjamin Jul 12 '16 at 22:29
  • You could argue hearing aids. The first optical modifications came about because of Sir Isaac Newton ("glasses")...we've come a long way since however with entire forearms including hands being recreated, sight reconstruction, pacemakers, etc... – user14394 Jul 12 '16 at 23:08
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This guy. 2004, added an antenna.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_Harbisson

It vibrates based on electromagnetic transmissions just for the hell of it.

Now the first useful cyborg? Doesn't exist yet.

  • Surely you can add content beyond "fill fill fill"? could you summarize the link, tell us what the antenna did, whether it was successful? Something? – Mark C. Wallace Jul 13 '16 at 0:39
  • Maybe you could add some more detail. – Benjamin Jul 13 '16 at 10:24

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