DXC Technology and Lenovo Partner with Dr. Peter Scott-Morgan on Innovative Technology Accessibility Solutions to Create Better Futures for People with Disabilities
Scott-Morgan, known as the “world’s first human cyborg", is pushing technology to extend and enrich lives. He was diagnosed with motor neuron disease (MND) – also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) – in 2017. When the first symptoms emerged, Scott-Morgan began exploring ways to upend the typical disease progression through his belief in the limitless potential of technology. Scott-Morgan’s vision is to: “Make the vulnerable safe, the powerless strong, the unfulfilled thrive.”
“The bedrock of our collaboration is a belief in the untapped potential of technology to unleash your dreams - whatever you are, whatever your background, whatever your circumstances, whatever your ambitions,” Scott-Morgan said. Initially told by doctors he had only two years to live, Scott-Morgan has a mantra: “Add hopewith AI and Robotics!”
DXC and Lenovo – alongside a team of volunteers and leading technologists – will provide hardware, software support, integration, and artificial intelligence expertise. Key initiatives include:
- Developing autonomous, self-driving wheelchairs to navigate homes and beyond;
- Preserving personality with an avatar that renders quickly in photo-realistic detail;
- Leveraging augmented reality (AR) as a user interface controlled with only eye movements;
- Accelerating the generation and customization of emotionally expressive digital voices; and
- Embedding smart technology throughout a family home to enhance the life of all its occupants.
In addition to developing custom solutions, Lenovo has donated computing equipment for Scott-Morgan’s home-office.
DXC will act as technology integrator. Deploying capabilities from the Enterprise Technology Stack, DXC will bring technology know-how and experience to ensure seamless and secure integration across infrastructure, applications, analytics, and engineering solutions.
“Peter is an astonishing inspiration,” said
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“I applied a lifetime of research to rewrite my own future - an extraordinarily lucky break! But far more important, we’ve now the chance to rewrite the future for millions - eventually billions - by applying the lessons learned to make the vulnerable safe, the powerless strong, the unfulfilled thrive. I wanted a way to break free of my suddenly inadequate body, to overcome a devastating diagnosis and reimagine what ‘terminal disease’ could mean. But we can help everyone who feels disadvantaged. They can rise like a phoenix! With extraordinary support from my husband Francis, countless kind and brilliant collaborators, and technology leaders like DXC and Lenovo, I find the once-dark future incredibly bright.”
Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a
Scott-Morgan joined Lenovo at its
“I am deeply humbled to work with Peter, an absolutely brilliant scientist and inspiring human,” said Stremlau, who is leading Lenovo’s efforts. “We focus a lot on increasing accessibility and diversity at Lenovo, and this is a singular opportunity to ensure our innovation makes a real difference – for both Peter and, I hope, many others.”
About other partners supporting
Other key collaborators already working with Scott-Morgan on this initiative include