Keynote Lecture

The Future of Human-Machine Interaction:
Implant Technology

Prof. Kevin Warwick

Prof. Kevin Warwick

University of Reading, UK


In this presentation the results from a range of different scientific experiments are described. A look is taken at how the use of implant and electrode technology can be employed to create biological brains for robots, to enable human enhancement and to diminish the effects of certain neural illnesses. In all cases the end result is to increase the range of abilities of the recipients. An indication is given of a number of areas in which such technology has already had a profound effect, a key element being the need for a clear interface linking a biological brain directly with computer technology. The emphasis is clearly placed on practical scientific studies that have been and are being undertaken and reported on. The area of focus is the use of electrode technology, where either a connection is made directly with the cerebral cortex and/or nervous system or where implants into the human body are involved. The presentation will also consider the future in which robots have biological, or part-biological, brains and in which neural implants link the human nervous system bi-directionally with technology and the internet – the world of Cyborgs.

Brief biography of the Speaker

Kevin Warwick is Professor of Cybernetics at the University of Reading, England, where he carries out research in artificial intelligence, control, robotics and biomedical engineering. Kevin took his first degree at Aston University, followed by a PhD and a research post at Imperial College, London. He subsequently held positions at Oxford, Newcastle and Warwick universities before being offered the Chair at Reading. He has been awarded higher doctorates (DScs) both by Imperial College and the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, meanwhile he has Honorary Doctorates from Aston, Coventry and Bradford Universities. He was presented with The Future of Health Technology Award from MIT, was made an Honorary Member of the Academy of Sciences, St.Petersburg and received the IEE Senior Achievement Medal, the Mountbatten Medal and the Ellison-Cliffe Medal. In 2000 Kevin presented the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures. He is perhaps best known for carrying out a pioneering set of experiments involving the implant of multi-electrodes into his nervous system. With this in place he carried out the world’s first experiment involving electronic communication directly between the nervous systems of two humans.

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