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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press; Reprint edition (July 19, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0252072154
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252072154
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,193,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An intriguing account by Britain's - and the world's - leading expert in cybernetics of his experiment: for the first time ever artificial intelligence was implanted in a human - himself. In February of this year, Kevin Warwick, Professor of Cybernetics at Reading University, had a computer chip surgically inserted into his nervous system and then, when the safety of this operation was ascertained, a similar chip was inserted in his wife. Both are linked to a computer. A key part of the experiment involves the hope that emotions and experiences will be read in terms of patterns of nervous excitement from the chip into the computer. This great British breakthrough was a huge news story around the world with the experiment's huge medical and scientific implications for the future; the book will create much interest. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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An account of an artificial intelligence experiment in humans.

Computer chips will be inserted into the nervous systems of both the author, a professor of Cybernetics, and his wife. The experiment is to determine if emotions such as intoxication, anger, lust, can be read by the computer in terms of patterns of nervous excitement. Can these recorded emotions be beamed back to the chip in the body and experienced all over again? Will the emotions be communicable between two people – if one feels desire in New York, will the other be able to feel it in London? Will it change forever what it means to be human? --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Mindy Machanic on February 8, 2005
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Don't bother. This guy is a systems and process engineer, a robotics genius - and a megalomaniac who thinks he does real science. Surprise! He went to do his experiment and discovered that there are rules to real science, like Human Subjects Protection laws. This is a guy who thinks that if you feed each group of 10 schoolkids a different breakfast for a month and find a 3 point difference in IQ in the group that ate bacon sandwches, that proves that bacon raises IQ. He mixes up his psychological, biological and philosophical concepts, mostly because he really doesn't seem to have much grounding beyond the logic of systems - and his own desire to become the first cyborg. That huge book, and 95% is "me, I, me, I" about his papers, his trips, his projects, his jobs, his TV appearances, his publicity.

The experiment isn't much. Big deal, he implanted a small array of electrodes in his lower arm with some wires attached, wore it around for 3 months, connected it to a computer once in a while, and then he ran some simple tests on it, the most important of which, in my estimation, was making the virtual hand work at a distance by moving his own hand - a nice future worth developing for robotics working in dangerous environments, something that didn't seem to have occured to him. The part about sending electrical currents from his hand to his wife's hand was interesting, but he imbued it with semi-mythical power. My question is, does it count as brain-to-brain electrical communication if the nerve stimulation doesn't pass through the brain but only works in the arm and spinal column, or just the arm to the implant? Issues he didn't consider because of his limited knowledge in anatomy, neuroanatomy (he had to open a textbook at every step of his experiment), etc.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Godel on July 3, 2009
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First came across Kevin Warwick with his "In the Mind of the Machine" some years back. It is cringingly badly written, full of egotistical self-reference, and mainly downright silly. Apparently Warwick's new machines will take control of their human masters and turn them into toiling slaves condemned to long hours of manual labour. This thesis is obviously absurd - what is the point in expending resources on a species that is hopelessly inept at an activity in which machines excel ?

Warwick's obsession with stunts like embedding a chip in his arm so that his every movement can be tracked begs the question : "would I ever want to know where Kevin Warwick is at any moment in time?".
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5 of 11 people found the following review helpful By BernardZ on September 9, 2003
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I would have liked to hear more of this experiment. From the writer experience, it appears that a body can be directly linked to a computer to do simple tasks like driving a wheel chair.
The possibiliy of directly linking a computer to a brain as quite an exciting possiblity. I also agreed with the writer that it could be quite a blessing to many people that are incapicitated in some way.
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