Robots with human brains in 10 years

Professor Kevin Warwick predicts that biomedical engineering is developing so fast that we could be using robots with their own biological brains within the next 10 years.

Speaking at an Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) lecture today (19 October).ProfessorWarwick says that implants and electronics technology can be inserted into human tissue to such an extent that they will create humans with very significant enhancements. Some of the basic technology is already being used in a limited capacity to help people with some neural illnesses like Alzheimer’s. It is likely that this could evolve over the next ten years to enable humans to increase their intelligence, sensory capabilities and communicate in a whole new way.

A Fellow of the IET, Professor Warwick has already made significant advances in the field of cyborg development by creating biological-technological hybrids that have made science fiction a scientific reality. Now he wants to see his work taken to the next level and used for commercial, medical and domestic benefits.

Cyborgs could be used to help businesses to up their scale of production, simply through employees being much stronger or more capable. In addition, cyborgs could also be used to assist in the domestic environment as individuals become able to interact with buildings, vehicles or appliances as an extension of themselves. For example, it will soon be possible for a car driver to actually feel, in their own body when they are too close to another vehicle or object.

Professor Warwick says, “With the right investment and the right ethical applications, cyborgs will be able to add a huge range of benefits to society – from helping people with diseases to improving manufacturing efficiency. This technology is only just in its infancy, so the biggest impact of all will be in terms of commercial opportunities.”

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