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Harbisson claims that he is a cyborg, that is, an organism with technologically enhanced capacities.To move from these useful but limited devices to the kind of brain-machine interactions that Musk is seeking would require major scientific breakthroughs. In any case, for Musk's plan to succeed, experimenting on humans as well as animals will be unavoidable. In the United States, Europe and most other countries with advanced biomedical research, strict regulations on the use of human subjects would make it extremely difficult to get permission to carry out experiments aimed at enhancing our cognitive abilities by linking our brains to computers. U.S. regulations drove Phil Kennedy, a pioneer in the use of computers to enable paralyzed patients to communicate by thought alone, to have electrodes implanted in his own brain in order to make further scientific progress. Musk has suggested that the regulations governing the use of human subjects in research could change. People at the Dusseldorf cyborg-fair had magnets, radio frequency identification chips, and other devices implanted in their fingers or arms. Should healthy people be discouraged, if not prevented, from implanting devices in themselves?Warwick says that scientific research has benefited from what the cyborg enthusiasts have done.
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