A pair of super-rich American technology gurus are planning to undergo surgery to install experimental implants directly into their brains.
The two men are currently trying to find a doctor willing to perform this untested and highly risky procedure, The Mirror has learned.
If they survive the operation, the men hope to be able to directly communicate with the primitive forms of artificial intelligence currently being developed in labs across the world.
But critics and conspiracy theorists fear these pioneering implants are the first step towards creating a society where every human is plugged into “the matrix”.
Zoltan Istvan, a U.S. Presidential candidate, personally knows both of these would-be bionic men.
He is the global leader of the Transhumanist movement, which believes human beings should use technology to artificially boost their intelligence or physical prowess.
In an interview with The Mirror, Istvan said: “I have friends who are buying tickets to Central America to perform this kind of surgery.
“I know two people who are doing this, but it’s secretive because even getting a doctor to do this in Central America is difficult.”
One of the pair is planning to visit a doctor in Honduras, whilst the other will journey to Eastern Europe, Istvan said.
He did not name the men, because it is feared that American authorities may try to stop them from travelling aboard to undergo surgery.