Can we avoid becoming Cyborgs
A practical story of implants and growing brains. The tour emerges from the exciting field of Biohacking using NFC/RFID implants for tracing and monitoring and travels on to using magnetic implants for sensory enhancement. Then it delves into the world of brain growing using biological neurons, which are given a robotic body in which to move around. Finally the first human to have a Brain gate implant linking his nervous system to the internet tells of his unique experience of life as a cyborg.
Kevin Warwick is Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) at Coventry University, England. His main research areas are artificial intelligence, biomedical systems, robotics and cyborgs. Due to his research as a self-experimenter he is frequently referred to as the world’s first Cyborg. Kevin is a Chartered Engineer who has published over 600 research papers. His experiments into implant technology led to him being featured as the cover story on the US magazine, ‘Wired’. He achieved the world’s first direct electronic communication between two human nervous systems, the basis for thought communication. Another project extended human sensory input to include ultrasonics. He also linked his nervous system with the internet in order to control a robot hand directly from his neural signals, across the Atlantic Ocean. He has been awarded higher doctorates (DSc) by Imperial College and the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague and a further 9 Honorary Doctorates.