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'CAPTAIN CYBORG': The wild-eyed prof behind 'machines have become human' claims

For 14 years, The Register has been chronicling the publicity stunts of Kevin Warwick, an attention-seeking academic with a sideline in self-mutilation*. In fact, Warwick has been making improbable claims to the press for much longer than that: over twenty years. But the world has continued to relay Warwick's stunts and …
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Jun 2014
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Captain Cyborg accepts another degree from puny humans

The nation's favourite would-be cyborg overlord and media strumpet, Professor Kevin Warwick, has been rewarded with another academic bauble. The post-human Brummie was given a Doctorate from the University of Portsmouth last week for his work as Professor of Cybernetics at the University of Reading. It adds to a growing …
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Jul 2012
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Harvard boffins build cyborg skin of flesh and nanowires

Humanity has taken another step down the path of the Borg with the invention of the first flesh containing a functional nanowire sensor network that's biocompatible with the human body. "With this technology, for the first time, we can work at the same scale as the unit of biological system without interrupting it," team leader …
Iain Thomson, 30 Aug 2012
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Captain Cyborg: Computers are alive, like bats or cows

Consummate attention-seeker Kevin Warwick has admitted to snooping on the public in a previous life. Warwick made the creepy confession on Radio 4, recalling an earlier job as a GPO engineer: "I remember taking ten different calls and plugging them all together; one call would continue, the other nine would listen in. Then I'd …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Jun 2011

Captain Cyborg creates human bat with Reg baseball cap

It's come to our attention that the media's favourite cybernetically-enhanced human - Kev "Captain Cyborg" Warwick of Reading Uni - earlier this week demonstrated an echolocation hat for blind people on the Beeb's The One Show. Nothing remarkable about that, you might think, but check out just whose hat had the honour of bearing …
Lester Haines, 16 May 2008
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Captain Cyborg sidekick implants virus-infected chip

A second transhumanist RFID-chipping nut has emerged from the academic community at the University of Reading. Professor Kevin Warwick became famous years ago after claiming he was on the way towards becoming a cyborg after he implanted a simple RFID chip in his arm, which allowed sensors to register his presence and perform …
John Leyden, 26 May 2010
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Captain Cyborg invades Second Life

Kevin Warwick - aka Captain Cyborg - will this afternoon be entertaining the crowds on Second Life's Uvvy Island with a chat on the benefits of linking your brain to "that of an intelligent machine network" entitled "Upgrading Humans: Why not?" The appearance has been organised by the "Second Life Chapter of the World …
Lester Haines, 23 Apr 2007
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Captain Cyborg plans to milk you, human scum

Reg chiefs have been holding daily crisis meetings for several months over what has become of Professor Kevin "Captain Cyborg" Warwick. "He's been quiet... too quiet," one old-timer told this reporter only last week. Imagine the cheer yesterday then, when Reg reader Chris reported a sighting of the good Cap'n in Scientific …
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Captain Cyborg to chew the fat with Ultra Hal

Reading Uni's cybernetic media strumpet Kev "Captain Cyborg" Warwick is poised to put six computer programmes to ultimate test - that devised by Alan Turing in which the machine must engage in convincingly human banter, thereby heralding "the most significant breakthrough in artificial intelligence since the IBM supercomputer …
Lester Haines, 06 Oct 2008
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Captain Cyborg is back: official

Captain Cyborg is back. That, at least is according to The Guardian's Bad Science section, which notes that the Independent wrote a piece last week citing Kev's latest eye-opener, viz. "watching Richard and Judy on television for half an hour was the best thing to improve IQ test performance, and that reading a book was bad for …
Lester Haines, 29 Apr 2004
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Captain Cyborg pushes kid chipping via Maddy abduction case

It is with heavy heart and grim sense of inevitability that The Register and its long-time readers note the attachment of the Captain Cyborg agenda to the McCann abduction investigation. Under the headline "Would an implanted chip help to keep my child safe?", The Times reports that laughable Reading University Professor Kevin …
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Captain Cyborg - that healthcare program in full

Incorrigible self-publicist Kevin Warwick has struck again, easing himself into a spot on CNN's website devoted to "visionaries". It renews a long-standing love affair between the cable channel and the Brummie lecturer. Warwick is to cybernetic research what Hello Kitty is to animal husbandry, but thanks to a gullible media he …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 May 2005
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Ukrainian teen created in lab passes Turing Test – famous nutty prof

Some software has supposedly passed the Turing Test – a controversial benchmark of artificial intelligence – by fooling a handful of humans into thinking it's a talkative 13-year-old Ukrainian lad. Cyborg prof Kevin Warwick argues this is the first time a machine has ever passed the famous test. We're told the successful chat- …
Chris Williams, 09 Jun 2014
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Captain Cyborg pays homage to El Reg

You've got to hand it to Kevin Warwick, aka Captain Cyborg: the bloke's got more front than Blackpool. In an interview this week with itwales.com, the cybernetic futurologist actually thanks El Reg for the extensive coverage we've dedicated to his groundbreaking work. The interview is all pretty bog-standard Captain Cyborg …
Lester Haines, 19 Dec 2006
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Captain Cyborg plans to build a better bionic nose

Sci-fi fantasist Kevin Warwick, aka Captain Cyborg, now reckons that due to his unique grasp of cybernetics he can improve the efficiency of your nose. The Prof made his latest lunatic claim on a recent sticky fingers tour of Ireland. A Reg reader heard him guffing on the radio programme Morning Ireland. Using pacemakers as the …
Kieren McCarthy, 05 Jul 2001
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Captain Cyborg gets oil-check at BBC

Our favourite robotics expert, Kevin Warwick aka, Captain Cyborg, is promoting his new book I Cyborg the epic tale of one man's transformation in to half human/half tractor following the implantation of an electronic chip in his arm in April. You can catch him tonight between 5pm and 7pm on the Johnnie Walker show BBC Radio 2. …
Drew Cullen, 01 Aug 2002

Torvalds on patents: 'Sane people know it's bullsh*t but making real change is difficult'

QuoTW This was the week when a piece of software (supposedly) passed the Turing Test, giving the world all the “robot overlord” headlines they could possibly need in a slow, sunny news week. Facts were hard to come by in the tale of Eugene Goostman, the 13-year-old-boy-simulating software that apparently hit the controversial …
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Labour MP backs Captain Cyborg shocker

We have just received shock news that MPs are seeking to honour Kevin Warwick - aka Captain Cyborg - with an Early Day Motion. The proposal, sandwiched between other matters of national import such as Water privatisation in Bolivia and the Prostate awareness campaign, reads: That this House congratulates Professor Kevin …
Lester Haines, 24 Mar 2005
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Captain Cyborg to write UK science funding guidelines

Uncowed by public ridicule, attention-seeker Professor Kevin Warwick has been appointed to a panel that will determine the basis for public research funding decisions for the UK's higher education institutions. Captain Cyborg is one of twelve panelists chosen to set the criteria for public research funding in the UK's …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 May 2005
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Captain Cyborg returns with Wi-Fi rhubarb!

As inevitable as a summer cold, Kevin Warwick aka Captain Cyborg has returned to spread his own unique brand of doom-saying. What has he “implanted” this time in order to prove that man will become subservient to machines? Nothing. But as the world’s leading expert in putting reed switches under the skin for a couple of days …
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Sep 2003
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Lunatic pulls gun on Captain Cyborg

Lunatic de Garis pulls gun on Kev Warwick A lunatic pulled a gun on Captain Cyborg during his gibberish tour of Switzerland and here is the exclusive snap. While the man handling the gun is a lunatic, sadly he failed to blast a small piece of metal through Kevin Warwick's cyborg exo-skeleton rupturing internal organs on the …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Jun 2001
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Captain Cyborg issues chilling TV warning

Hopes that Kevin "Captain Cyborg" Warwick might finally be towed away and broken up for scrap were dashed last night when the ubiquitous robopundit made an extended appearance on BBC TV's Jeremy Clarkson's Inventions That Changed The World. Clarkson will be familiar to UK readers as the host of the Top Gear motoring programme …
Lester Haines, 18 Feb 2004
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Captain Cyborg to risk all for science

The release of the film I, Robot has given mainstream media another opportunity to wheel out Prof. Kevin Warwick, aka Captain Cyborg. Warwick, who UK tabloid The Sun breathlessly describes as: “the first person in the world to have a computer chip implanted successfully into his body”, now says that he will have a chip …
Lucy Sherriff, 02 Aug 2004
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Captain Cyborg terrorises UK conference

We recently said that we would be giving Kev "Captain Cyborg" Warwick no further coverage on this august organ. Sadly, we lied. The reason for this shameless U-turn is the news that the robotic prof has been giving forth at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development's 2004 training conference. Naturally, you'd like …
Lester Haines, 12 May 2004
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Captain Cyborg infects Ireland

Captain Cyborg, fresh from filling the Swiss' ears with garbage has popped over to the emerald isle, our spies tell us, in order to prop up his existence as a visionary and academic. The sad thing is that the Irish Times, rather than simply throw Kevin Warwick (for that is his real-world name) out of the building and put him on …
Kieren McCarthy, 27 Jun 2001
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Captain Cyborg spouts rubbish on CNN

Strewth, Kevin Warwick has popped up again spouting his chip gibberish. He's done well this time and made it to CNN. A natural movement towards the US perhaps where "pioneers" such as himself tend to get an easier time of it. It's the same old guff - he'll put a chip in his arm and then he can record pain/open doors/communicate …
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Dec 2000
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Captain Cyborg acquires Dalek capability

Imagine this nightmare scenario: an alleged UK university cybernetics professor - actually an agent of the extraterrestrial Lizard Alliance and controlled by explosive cranial implant - himself gains control of a terrifying weapon of mass destruction and proceeds to implement his plan for the total subjugation of humanity in a …
Lester Haines, 20 Apr 2006
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Captain Cyborg crops up in Focus magazine

Captain Cyborg aka Kevin "Wally" Warwick has managed to sneak back into the country and continue his self-publicising tour of gibberish masquerading as science. But worse than that, he's managed to get into Focus magazine. How does he do it? We were sure everyone had been alerted to the professor of cybernetics and his …
Kieren McCarthy, 10 Aug 2001
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Reg telepathed by Captain Cyborg critics

Did Captain Cyborg implant a dog tracking chip? Reg jealous of my success, claims Captain Cyborg What's this? A buzzing behind my right ear? Why, that's got to be the embedded e-mail relay implanted in my skull. It turns me into a futurisitic fusion of man and POP3 Server! And it's buzzing again.... From: David Ellis Subject …
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Oct 2001
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Captain Cyborg goes on a lecture tour

Captain Cyborg aka Kevin Warwick, professor of a made-up science at Reading University, is to spread his peculiar brand of sci-fi fantasy and gibberish masquerading as serious research to Switzerland. That's right. So impressed with Kev's Royal Academy lectures were the bods in Geneva running the NetFinance show, that they've …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Jun 2001
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Captain Cyborg Lives!

Kevin Warwick, the nutty professor of Cybernetics at the University of Reading, has moved one step closer to man machine mind meld. He's had a microchip implanted into his arm, in a "ground-breaking attempt to create the world's first integrated data link between man and computer". "If successful, the experiment...will show …
Drew Cullen, 22 Mar 2002
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Captain Cyborg faces Canadian challenge

Our old mate Kevin "Captain Cyborg" Warwick would be well advised to charge his laser pulse rifle, put on his shades and leathers and get aboard his Harley because if he doesn't run for the hills it's a definite date with the molten steel for the cybernetic self-publicist. Warwick's nemesis comes in the form of equally media- …
Lester Haines, 15 Jan 2004
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Captain Cyborg puts on Cassandra act again

A calm Tuesday morning, the Radio 4 Today programme on the wireless, not much news about. But suddenly our ears pricked up with horror as James Naughtie mentions artificial intelligence. Some scientist has created a robot that teaches itself - it's a kind of robot orang-utan. No, no - it couldn't be. It wasn't. Thank God, Steve …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Sep 2001
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Captain Cyborg is a Media Tart. True

Professor Kevin Warwick is a media tart, and the kiddie chip that won worldwide publicity last week probably does not exist. These nuggets have been unearthed by Stephen Naysmith, Science Correspondent of the Scottish Sunday Herald, whose report we warmly recommend to Warwick watchers everywhere. Attempting to secure an …
John Lettice, 11 Sep 2002
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Colleague kicks Captain Cyborg in the nuts

A little story in Reading Central this week informed those interested that Dr Mark Bishop of the Cybernetics department in Reading would be giving a talk on Tuesday 24 October entitled "Dancing with Pixies: strong artificial intelligence and pan-psychism". So what? Well, Dr Bishop's talk revolves around the topic of machine …
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Oct 2000
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Captain Cyborg gives forth on CNN

It was only a matter of time before surgically-enhanced superbeing Captain Cyborg – aka prof Kevin Warwick of Reading Uni – received a visit from the Lizard Army surgical team bearing an explosive cranial implant and a range of anal probes. The former, as all members of the neoLuddite Resistance Army (NRA) know, is the means by …
Lester Haines, 17 May 2005
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Captain Cyborg promises never to fake an orgasm again

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. He's at it again. Everyone's favourite cyberchump, Prof. Kevin Warwick, plans to implant himself and his long-suffering wife Irena with chips enabling them to transmit and receive signals from each other's nervous systems. Kev says the £250,000 microchips will enable them to literally feel what the …
Andrew Thomas, 05 Oct 2000
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Captain Cyborg takes the pee on Radio 5 Live

Captain Cyborg, aka Kevin Warwick, has being talking urine during his latest promotional outing. By this we're not referring to the contents of his latest tome, I Cyborg, but hitherto little publicised details of his early career. The subject of urine came out when our favourite self-promoting robotics expert told listeners of …
John Leyden, 05 Aug 2002
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No! No! No! Captain Cyborg is back

Brace yourself - following Kevin Warwick's derisory appearance at the Royal Institute's Christmas lectures, he has gone on another media frenzy. Today he gets a spread in The Sun. There's not much new in his crazed ramblings - it's the usual robots-will-take-over-the-world stuff - although we did spot one interesting snippet we …
Kieren McCarthy, 04 Jan 2001
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Captain Cyborg becomes a film critic

Is there no end to Captain Cyborg's talents? Self-publicist supremo, confused lecturer, technology Cassandra and now film critic to boot. Yes, Kevin Warwick has cropped up in today's London Evening Standard offering his "expert" opinion on the intelligent life-forms featured in Steven Spielberg's new Film AI. It's almost too …
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Sep 2001
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Captain Cyborg back on the BBC

Our favourite professor of poppycock Kevin Warwick aka Captain Cyborg is back on the BBC's news Web site, this time talking about TV. Diversifying his gibberish to include media as well as computers and cyborgs, Kev was asked to comment on Web site White Dot's campaign to get people to turn off their TV set and do something …
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Apr 2001
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Did Captain Cyborg implant a dog tracking chip?

We've often pondered exactly what the magic chip that Kevin Warwick believes transformed him into a cyborg is. To reiterate, Kev claims the chip implanted in his arm (put under several millimetres of skin for nine days) enabled the doors of his office to open for him, turn his computer on and switch lights on and off. We …
Kieren McCarthy, 05 Oct 2001
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Cyborg strip-searched by Air Canada

Canada's answer to Captain Cyborg is suing Air Canada for CAN$1m for hurt feelings, loss of incomes etc, after he was stripsearched and missed his flight. Professor Steve Mann of the University of Toronto, who describes himself as a cyborg, attempted to board a flight at St. John's, Newfoundland wearing "computerized glasses, …
Drew Cullen, 22 Mar 2002
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Captain Cyborg becomes nutritionist and mind-reader in one day

You simply will not believe what Captain Cyborg aka Kevin Warwick has been up to this week. Even for a publicity obsessive, he has really outdone himself. Perhaps for the first time though, the press are as much to blame - Kev is one thing, but for journalists to buy this bull... First up: "Bacon, the brain food - A tasty butty …
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Oct 2001
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Captain Cyborg's media monkey business back

And so dear old Kevin Warwick (professor of cybernetics at Reading University dontcha know), fresh from sapping the life-force out the poor young souls that watched the Royal Institutions' Christmas lectures, has found a new angle to get himself in the media spotlight. What is really disappointing about his latest exploits, …
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Jan 2001
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DARPA to create brain-chipped cyborg moths

Famed US military mad-scientist bureau DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) is engaged in an effort to grow/build cyborg moths for use as spies. No, really. The program is called Hybrid Insect Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems, or HI-MEMS. In it, the arguably over-caffeined DARPA boffins aim to construct a tiny …
Lewis Page, 31 May 2007
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My God! Someone's actually made a cyborg!

After years of sci-fi nuts and phoney professors claiming they have built a cyborg - part machine, part living tissue - it would appear that someone has actually done it. It can't do very much and it's incredible inefficient but it actually does use biological material to communicate with machinery to some practical end. What …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Apr 2001
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Reg jealous of my success, claims Captain Cyborg

In the publicity build-up to Captain Cyborg's latest bionic upgrade, his human alter-ego, Kevin Warwick, professor of cybernetics and Reading University, has been interviewed by The Guardian today. He's surprisingly lucid in comparison to his usual interviews and manages to avoid the trademark doom-mongering and baseless claims …
Kieren McCarthy, 04 Oct 2001
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Captain Cyborg: 'I know Kung Fu!'

Letters Ah, Kevin Warwick. The man of many electrodes and implanted silicon (not silicone, but more on that later) resurfaced at a conference in London. He spoke eloquently, and at some length, about speechless communication. We don't understand why people don't take him more seriously... I love your coverage on this guy. I seriously …
Lucy Sherriff, 14 May 2004
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Oh no! Here comes Captain Cyborg again

Updated Just when you thought it was safe, out comes cybernetics crazyman Kevin Warwick with another book and another study that will prove to be an absolute load of twaddle but will get some useful newspaper inches in the meantime. We despair. Kevin, for those of you fortunate enough not to know, is Professor of Cybernetics at Reading …
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Aug 2000