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|Cyberman Scientist 'Steps Into Unknown'
- Critics pan electrode-filled researcher
LIKE a cyberman from a David Cronenberg movie, Professor Kevin Warwick has turned part of himself into a computer in a bid to push back the boundaries of robotics.
The Reading University professor has had a hundred electrodes implanted into his arm via a microchip and will now monitor the sensations he receives under various stress situations including watching his favourite football team - Reading - play.
"It's a step into the unknown," Warwick said of his experiment, a remark that critics might say is all too revealing.
Other scientists say Warwick's scheme is of dubious merit. "The electrodes have virtually no chance of recording the neural activity associated with the signals transmitting painful or emotional states," said Steve McMahon, professor of physiology at King's College London.
Warwick is something of a controversialist in his chosen field and is not shy of using the media to draw attention to his work. Today, for example, he hinted his research could eventually help Christopher Reeve, the actor paralysed from the neck down.