What’s in a name? Never has such a question been more confusing than in the case of one New South Wales, Australia resident: Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow.
It’s not a joke, either. That’s his real name. As you might expect, however, it’s only one of the many interesting aspects of this rather eccentric person, who provides the public with a good deal of entertainment coupled with a cautionary tale of modern society’s obsession with technology.
Meow-Meow is a molecular biologist who in 2016 ran for Australia’s Science party in the parliamentary elections.
— Miss Fleur (@Miss_Fleur) June 16, 2016
His platform, according to his candidate page on the Science party’s website, centered around the idea that—you guessed it!—the majority of the world’s problems can be solved through scientific research combined with technological action.
“He is heavily involved in the democratisation of science through his work in co-creating a network of internationally connected biohackers and physical community laboratories,” states the party website.
But nowadays he’s in the headlines for another reason: advancing the limits of interfacing technology. To that end, he has recently taken a near-field chip (NFC) from his subway card and implanted it into his hand. When asked why he’d go to such trouble, Meow-Meow responded with his own fascinating perspective.
“I can walk out of my house, forget my wallet, forget my phone and everything and I’m still going to able to interact with technology,” said Meow-Meow according to Australian Broadcast News. “It gives me an ability no one else has.”
There is one problem, however. The modification of his card meant that it put him in hot water with New South Wales transit authorities.
Indeed, Transport for NSW has already struck the first blow.
Opal cancelled my physical card, but they can't deactivate the one in my hand because it was not registered. One more…
Despite this, Meow-Meow is undeterred, and tested his new implant later that same day.
First cyborg public transport ride in Australia <3
Posted by Meow-Ludo Meow-Meow on Wednesday, June 28, 2017
For some, body modifications like this might seem bizarre, but Meow-Meow thinks it’s not a big deal. In fact, he’s already got two other pieces of technology implanted in his body, and he uses one to store data.
“My goal is to have frictionless interaction with technology,” he said according to the Huffington Post.
However, a potential dystopian future filled with humans merged with machines may make many people nervous. Aren’t we already virtually joined at the hip with our smartphones? For now, we can thank Meow-Meow for giving us a few laughs over the efforts some people will make to be unique.