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Father Of The Cyborgs

  • 1h 16m
  • David Burke
  • United States
  • 2021

Famed neurologist Phil Kennedy made global headlines in the late 90’s for connecting the brain of a paralyzed man to a computer. By implanting several wire electrodes in the brain, Kennedy then taught him how to control a computer cursor with his mind. 

Kennedy was compared to Alexander Graham Bell in The Washington Post and became known as ‘The Father of the Cyborgs’.  In 2014, he travelled to Belize, South America, to continue his research into unlocking the mystery of speech for locked-in patients, by implanting tiny electrodes inside his own brain. 

But now, the controversial inventor is concerned that the field he helped pioneer may lead to unintended consequences in a future where technology and human brains combine.


This film is part of The Future Beckons Category, proudly presented by Department of Post.


David Burke


Sean O'Cualain



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