The Father of The Cyborgs

Presented in association with Science Foundation Ireland as part of Science Week 2023.

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.

The screening will be introduced by Prof. Eilís Down and attendees will be welcome to a complimentary glass of wine from the Pálás bar.

Prof Eilís Dowd is Professor of Pharmacology at University of Galway and was President of Neuroscience Ireland, Ireland’s official neuroscience society, from 2017-2019, and President of the Network for European CNS Transplantation and Restoration (NECTAR) from 2014-2018.

She currently sits on the Executive Committee of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) and Chairs the FENS Communications Committee. She is also Associate Editor of Neuronal Signaling, Section Editor of the European Journal of Neuroscience, and Editorial Board member at the British Journal of Pharmacology.


Date:  Sunday 18th November, 2023

Time:  16.00

Venue:  An Pálás Cinema

The Father of The Cyborgs

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