Upgrading Humans – Technical Realities and New Morals Professor Kevin Warwick

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Kevin Warwick’s research has led to him receiving a neural implant which linked his nervous system bi-directionally with the internet. With this in place neural signals were transmitted to and from various technological devices to directly control them.

 

Implant technology is rapidly diminishing the effects of certain neural illnesses and distinctly increasing the range of abilities of those affected. A key element of this is the need for a clear interface linking the human brain directly with a computer.

 

Future prospects for this technology are tantalisingly close to turning science fiction into fact, both in the short term as a therapeutic device and in the long term as a form of enhancement, including the realistic potential for thought communication. Will an individual whose brain is part human/part machine have abilities that far surpass those who remain with a human brain alone? If so, what effects might this have on society?

 

This event took place on 18 January 2007.