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Professor uses own body in experiment

By T.K. Randall
March 18, 2011 · Comment icon 4 comments

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Cybernetics professor Kevin Warwick attaches a silicon chip to his forearm as part of an experiment.
In 2002, a University of Reading (UK) professor of cybernetics underwent a surgical procedure to have a silicon chip with 100 spiked electrodes attached to the median nerve fibres in his forearm. His aim was to understand whether the human mind can learn from computer generated stimuli. His efforts are in line with a tradition of scientists that is hundreds of years old.
For centuries, self-experimentation was an accepted form of science. Sir Isaac Newton almost burned his cornea because he could think of no other means of understanding visual hallucinations than staring at the sun.

Source: Time Magazine | Comments (4)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Rhino666 12 years ago
That was 9 years ago. Now what?
Comment icon #2 Posted by ColoradoParanormal 12 years ago
Really? Has anything else came about from this?
Comment icon #3 Posted by Machine of Disgrace 12 years ago
internalized electronics is where its at;good and bad...its coming sooner than some might implants,memory storage devices,wireless powercharging,wi-fi connectivity...soon enough all the peices will come together in an operative near you. just sayin'...
Comment icon #4 Posted by ashley ritchie 12 years ago
Cool im from Reading, Maybe i will see him

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