Engineering & Robotics

Father of the Cyborgs - Docs Ireland

Thursday 26 August, 4:00 am - 5:15 am

£6 / £5

A profile of pioneering Irish neurologist Dr Phil Kennedy, who went so far as to give himself a brain implant

Dr. Phil Kennedy was once a famous neuroscientist. In the late 1990s he made global headlines for implanting several wire electrodes in the brain of a paralyzed man and then teaching the locked-in patient to control a computer cursor with his mind. He was compared to Alexander Graham Bell in The Washington Post and became known as 'The Father of the Cyborgs'. He made headlines more recently in 2014 when he travelled to South America and had tiny electrodes implanted inside his own brain in order to continue his research. The documentary examines the ethics of self experimentation and the unintended consequences of a future where technology and human brains combine.

This film is being screened as part of 2021 Docs Ireland

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Queens Film Theatre
20 University Square
Northern Ireland
Belfast BT7 1PA