Implant technology has much to offer in terms of assisting those affected by a spinal injury, MND, MS or other related issues. By directly sending neural signals to a computer this opens the possibility of either bringing about much improved body coordination or alternatively allowing an individual to control their (networked) environment. However the available technology needs to be tested in real world (human) applications to assess problems of compatibility and effectiveness.
Warwick was born in Coventry, UK and left school at the age of 16 to join British Telecom. At 22, he received his first degree at Aston University, followed by a Ph.D. and a research post at Imperial College, London. He subsequently held positions at Oxford, Newcastle and Warwick universities before taking his current post at Reading, at the age of 33.
At the University of Reading, Warwick conducts research in artificial intelligence, control, robotics, and cyborgs. He has produced over 400 publications on his research, including more than 90 refereed journal articles and 25 books. His work has been discussed by the United States Presidential Council on Bioethics, the European Commission FTP, and has led to him being widely referenced and featured in academic circles as well as in magazines such as Time, Newsweek, and Wired. He has also been called "Britain's leading prophet of the Robot Age" by Gillian Anderson of television's The X-Files.
His talk, sponsored by the Gould Center, is the final talk in the series Philosophy Through Science Fiction.