Reading University's Kevin Warwick is to wire himself up to a computer in an experiment which he hopes will lead to improvements in the quality of life for disabled people.
The controversial lecturer, who rose to fame in 1998 for implanting a chip under the skin in his arm and claiming to be the first cyborg, will now implant small sensors in the main nerve in his left arm.
The sensors will link to a computer through a radio transceiver and Warwick hopes that the machine will be able to enact certain messages and commands.
The experiment follows hot on the heals of court proceedings in London over a woman who has campaigned for the right to die because her incapacitation reduces her quality of life.
Researchers in the US have already planted a small chip in the brain of a monkey in the hope that it will be able to send messages to a computer.
"We have a serious goal of helping people with spinal injuries and the like where there is a break in the nervous system," Warwick told the Reuters news agency.
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