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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

British Scientist Wires Up Own Nerves

LONDON -- A controversial British robotics scientist has had his nervous system wired up to a computer in an experiment he hopes will eventually give paralyzed people more control over their own bodies.

Kevin Warwick, professor of cybernetics at Reading University, southern England, has had minute sensors implanted into the main nerve in his left arm and hooked up to a radio transceiver, which will send and receive messages from a computer.

"We have a serious goal, a very medical goal of helping people with spinal injuries and the like where there is a break in the nervous system," Warwick said in a telephone interview. "We will be sending signals from the nervous system to the computer by radio and back the other way."

He said the idea was to record on a computer the signals sent, for example, when a finger is moved and then to play them back in the hope of activating the finger by remote control. The professor said the aim of his experiment was to give people with spinal injuries at least some ability to move by remote control or to give them back the control of their bodies.