Wednesday, November 3, 1999 Published at 12:35 GMT
Scientist puts computer in control
Could computer technology control the professor's body?
A cybernetics expert is planning to hand over control of his body to a computer in the latest of his high profile experiments.
Professor Kevin Warwick is to have a silicon implant inserted in his arm in an attempt to find out whether the computer will be able to move his limbs by copying signals from his brain.
And he is considering a similar experiment to see if a computer could control his emotions.
Following the success of that experiment, Professor Warwick, no stranger to controversy, is connecting his nervous system to a computer.
He hopes that when he moves, the chip will intercept the relevant signals from his brain and transmit them to a computer.
The computer will then return the signals to see if the professor's limbs move.
Last year's experiment was believed to be the first of its kind.
The professor said he took part in the experiment to highlight some of the dangers of the technology.
Silicon chips are already used to identify animals such as lost pets and animals which have received vaccinations.
But the implants being used by Professor Warwick's body are more sophisticated, with sensors able to pinpoint his location and even switch on lights automatically when he enters a room on campus.
He said last year's experiment was aimed at demonstrating the dangers of pushing the frontiers of technology forward.
He said the positive aspect of the experiment was that it pointed to a future in which people could be helped around large buildings, but there were also negative "big brother issues".