Extending the human nervous system through Internet implants - Experimentation and impact
Warwick, K. and Gasson, M. N. (2004) Extending the human nervous system through Internet implants - Experimentation and impact. In: 2004 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man & Cybernetics, 10-13 Oct 2004, The Hague, The Netherlands, pp. 2046-2052. (Proceedings 2004 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man & Cybernetics, Vols 1-7. IEEE, New York, pp. 2046-2052. ISBN 1062-922X0780385667)
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It is now possible to directly link the human nervous system to a computer and thence onto the Internet. From an electronic and mental viewpoint this means that the Internet becomes an extension of the human nervous system (and vice versa). Such a connection on a regular or mass basis will have far reaching effects for society. In this article the authors discuss their own practical implant self-experimentation, especially insofar as it relates to extending the human nervous system. Trials involving an intercontinental link up are described. As well as technical aspects of the work, social, moral and ethical issues, as perceived by the authors, are weighed against potential technical gains. The authors also look at technical limitations inherent in the co-evolution of Internet implanted individuals as well as the future distribution of intelligence between human and machine.
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