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Cyborg future

01 May 2009

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Could implant and electrode technology create biological brains for robots? Could they enhance human brain power and diminish the effects of neural diseases?

The questions may sound as though they are straight out of science fiction, but Professor Kevin Warwick will argue otherwise at a free public lecture at the University’s Manufacturing Engineering Centre on Thursday 7 May 2009. He will consider a future where robots have biological brains and where implants link the human nervous system to the internet.

Professor Warwick, Professor of Cybernetics at the University of Reading, conducts research into artificial intelligence, robotics and biomedical engineering. He has carried out a series of pioneering experiments, under the name ‘Project Cyborg’. This involved the neuro-surgical implantation of a device into the nerves of his own left arm, directly linking his nervous system to a computer. He has also successfully carried out the first purely electronic communication experiment between the nervous systems of two humans.

The talk is hosted by the Manufacturing Engineering Centre as part of the 125 Anniversary Lecture Series which welcomes distinguished speakers to Cardiff. These lectures, which are all free and open to members of the public, are aimed at encouraging international collaborations and promoting Research Initiative Schemes at the University.

The lecture will be held at the Queen’s Buildings at 7pm on 7 May. Refreshments will be available from 6.30pm. Enquiries can be directed to emeryAD@cardiff.ac.uk .

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