Artificial Intelligence

My Life as A Cyborg

“Captain Cyborg” got his first implant two decades ago. What has he learned?

By Kate Pavao

Fall 2017

Nearly 20 years ago, Kevin Warwick, the professor emeritus at Coventry and Redding Universities known as “Captain Cyborg,” got his first implant.

His radio-frequency identification chip was larger but similar to the one some employees are getting now. Chip implants are just the next step for people who already carry smartphones with them everywhere they go, Warwick argues, and not only provide employees with convenience to open doors and buy snacks but also provide employers with important data and extra security.


Percentage of Australian respondents who said they are comfortable paying with biometric data—such as retina scans—instead of personal identification numbers

Source: Visa


Warwick admits that there are still some questions to consider; for example, should employers be allowed to pay chipped workers more? But he says this shouldn’t stop the march of progress. Of course, he says, when it comes to workplace productivity, the real cyborg advantage is still to come. Just think about the advantages of being able to communicate through brainwaves, or being able to harness several human brains together. “Brain cells want to communicate,” he says. “The next step is giving the brain what it wants.”

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