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  Professor turns himself into cyborg
Updated 22 March 2002, 16.47
Professor Warwick and wife Irena, who he hopes will be hooked up too
Professor Warwick and wife Irena, who he hopes will be hooked up too

A scientist has claimed he is the world's first "cyborg" after an operation to connect his nervous system to a computer.

A "cyborg" is a being that is part-human, part-machine and is very familiar to science fiction fans!

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Cyborgs you might know!
Robocop
Terminator
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Professor Kevin Warwick from Reading University is well known for trying to find ways in which humans can be helped by robotics.

In this experiment, he's hooked his nervous system up to a computer.

A famous cyborg: Robocop
A famous cyborg: Robocop

In a two-hour operation, an electronic gadget was put into his arm to record his movements, sensations and reactions.

The computer then reads the measurements from his body.

He hopes the readings will help doctors improve the lives of people who have been paralysed or who have spinal damage.

And he thinks one day human brains could be upgraded using implants for extra memory, intelligence or x-ray vision, just like a proper robot!

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