Professor Warwick talks to TCS Summit in Madrid
No more lost cards
Professor Kevin Warwick, the world’s leading cybernetics expert, was the first in his field to insert an implant into his body for research purposes. He believes the future of the technology will benefit businesses.
Speaking at Tata Consultancy Services’ Summit Europe 2017, Professor Warwick drew parallels between his research and how cybernetics could potentially shake up the banking sector.
“The implant that I had was an identification implant that identified me to my building,” he said.
“But now we can see perhaps with credit cards, why not do away with the plastic and have the implant that identifies you instead of your credit card?
“Then you wouldn’t lose it, you wouldn’t leave it behind, it’s with you all the time and you don’t need your cards anymore.”
Although still a long way off, it is hoped that people and businesses could eventually use implant technology to communicate purely with the power of thought.
Human interaction works by converting complex electro-chemical signals in the brain into mechanical signals, such as movement or speech. But in the future this conversion may not be necessary.
The rise of Business 4.0, and the digital innovation that comes with it, is speeding up the development of technology that could underpin a fundamental change to the way we converse with each other.
“Business 4.0 is into digital, it’s into data, it’s into networking and clearly what I’m about in cybernetics is all of those things, particularly the networking,” Professor Warwick told the summit.
“I see new forms of communication coming about and Business 4.0 is part of that.”