Video profile of "World's First Cyborg" Kevin Warwick

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  1. monopole says:

    Captain Cyborg! What a pathetic media whore.
    Best to read The Register’s accounts:
    http://search.theregister.co.uk/?q=Captain+Cyborg

  2. bcsizemo says:

    I think we might have a half decent autonomous robot in the next 50 years. Something that is able to interact with an everyday person and accomplish something (doesn’t have to look human, just be able to comprehend things via speech and visual inputs).

    But I highly doubt we have fully humanoid robots like in Blade Runner or the like in the next 50 years…..oh how I wish.

    Robots are like the flying cars from the 50′s….where’s mine at?!

  3. Grabcocque says:

    Ah, mad old self-pulicising loon-cum-liar Captain Cyborg. Is he still spurting his nonsense over credulous mainstream journos?

  4. Teufelaffe says:

    cy·borg

    –noun
    a person whose physiological functioning is aided by or dependent upon a mechanical or electronic device.

    I’d say that Kevin was beat to the title of “Worlds First Cyborg” decades ago.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Hell, how many thousands of people had pacemakers installed before this guy did anything?

    And Steve Mann has him beat in the more science-fictiony sense by *decades*; see http://www.wearcam.org/historical/

  6. Anonymous says:

    You don’t need a surgery to turn off the lights by “double clicking” your hands.

    The Clapper
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XUOhjW2AXM

  7. KWillets says:

    That’s nothing. I once met a woman with silicone implants who could turn on men just by shaking her chest.

  8. Halloween Jack says:

    Yeah, I used to enjoy The Register’s piss-taking of “Captain Cyborg”, but I haven’t read the site regularly in several years. Still, a lot of his stunts seem to be the sort of thing that can be accomplished by an RFID chip and maybe a few electrodes. He’s a canny self-promoter who hasn’t contributed anything of note or value.

  9. joelphillips says:

    Possibly the worlds most over-publicised cyborg, but not the first. Cochlear implants have been around since the 1970s; Implantable pace-makers since the 1960s; Hip replacements since the 1940s.

  10. failix says:

    He voluntarily put an rfid chip in his arm? That saves big brother a step in his case.

  11. Anonymous says:

    He was one of my lecturers. Was the most unprepared lecturer we had. The opinion of most of my other lecturers was that he’s a bit of a media wh*re.
    Still, we saw the video of the chip being inserted in his arm which was a bit icky.

  12. PnubK1 says:

    At least he´s trying!

  13. Mike says:

    I really wanted to plant RFID chips in my shoes and the shoes of my friends.

    Then, whenever they entered my apartment, I’d have a different sound cue, like from a sitcom. I was especially looking forward to applause, laugh tracks, and the “ooooooh” sound.

  14. mausium says:

    “Bullshit alert.”

    Yeah, i recall TheRegister calling him “captain cyborg” and making fun of all his media whoring uninterestingness.

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2000/12/11/kevin_warwick_a_life/

  15. Robert says:

    Kevin: “And suddenly there will be a point we will switch on that intelligent machine and we won’t be able to switch it off.”

    B-roll: Antenna against sky
    B-roll: Car driving down a road, another car turns into a side street
    B-roll: A cat walks down the street away from the viewer

    I think that last one was trying to tell us something.

  16. Lobster says:

    No way on earth. It’s absolute nonsense. No man with a brain in his head would ever give his wife control of his body. ;)

  17. oddible says:

    Claiming something is the ‘First’ is often problematic. Stelarc’s Ping Body pre-dates Warwick’s RFID insertion for one. Fun interview though.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Would a pirate from the past with a peg leg, be the first cyborg?

  19. Anonymous says:

    Oh, please.

    He’s no more a “cyborg” for implanting an RFID chip than I am a sheep for wearing a woolen suit.

    People with artificial hearts are far more cyborgs than he’ll ever be.

  20. ProPuke says:

    “…once he let his wife’s brain waves take control of his body (she’s also cybernetic)”

    He & his wife had their “nervous systems linked” for an experiment.
    Details 8 mins 30 secs in to the video.
    Heh, he likens it to sex.

    Certainly an oddly eccentric chap :S
    But all the most interesting people are.

  21. Trotsky says:

    An RFID in one’s arm makes them a cyborg?

    Does duct taping an LP to my forehead and accepting quarters in my ass make me a jukebox?

  22. Trotsky says:

    >> once he let his wife’s brain waves take control of his body

    I know lots of “cyborgs” who can likewise be controlled by a simple band of metal.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wedding_ring

  23. Trotsky says:

    >> he likens it to sex.

    Oh, wait.

    Then it has nothing to do with what I was talking about. Never mind.

  24. Trotsky says:

    I’ve had to sing “Unchained Melody” sixteen times, but I now have enough change to buy a grande iced peppermint white chocolate mocha.

    Off to Starbucks!

  25. Flying_Monkey says:

    He made a right idiot of himself over the Soham kidnapping and murder case, where he tried to say that the two girls would have been safe if they had been implanted, and tried to advocate chipping all kids – feeding (off) the UK’s militant paedo-paranoia. The guy is not only a publicity-hungry loudmouth, but he’s raised false hopes and damaged the reputation of serious research in this area.

  26. Alan says:

    My guess would be the first proto-human who grabbed a stick and extended his reach to whap another proto-human across the noggin was the first cyborg.

  27. foobar says:

    “Someday we’ll switch on that machine, and we won’t be able to switch it off.”

    We called that machine agriculture.

  28. Clifton says:

    It’s like science, only stupid!

  29. Anonymous says:

    Resistance is futile! You will be assimilated!

  30. Unmutual says:

    “As a result, he can turn on lights by snapping his fingers; once he let his wife’s brain waves take control of his body (she’s also cybernetic).”

    Bullshit alert.

  31. ben says:

    This post lacks a verb.

  32. MarlboroTestMonkey7 says:

    “Someday we’ll switch on that machine, and we won’t be able to switch it off.” . That would be a design problem, not an user problem.

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