Biohacker's Opal hand implant cancelled
A bodyhacking scientist is preparing to launch legal action against the NSW government after they cancelled an Opal card he had surgically implanted in his hand.
Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow, which is his legal name, cut down the Opal chip, had it encased in biocompatible plastic and then implanted it just under the skin on his left hand by a piercing expert in April 2017.
But Transport for NSW cancelled the card earlier this week, he said.
Mr Meow-Meow - who ran as a candidate for the Science Party in the New England by-election last December - is expected before a Sydney court on March 16 to contest a $200 fine he received last year for riding the train without a valid ticket.
He has entered a plea of not guilty.
Mr Meow-Meow said he would then launch legal action against TfNSW for breaching their contract and unlawfully cancelling his card.
He indicated he was willing to spend the ongoing legal fees to help create laws around the emerging technology, but is keen to hear from lawyers interested in the nation's first cyborg rights case pro bono.
© AAP 2018