WATCH: Father of the Cyborgs looks at Irish neuroscientist who experimented on his own brain
The Irish documentary will screen in the Dublin Film Festival this week.
It is a bit of a cliché to say, but sometimes documentaries present us stories that are almost so unbelievable that they must be true. If someone was to make a fictional movie based on some of their topics, you'd wave them away as pure fantasy.
That is absolutely the case when it comes to Father of the Cyborgs, a new Irish documentary that has just released its first trailer.
The movie's official synopsis is as follows:
"Father of the Cyborgs looks at the fascinating life and career of Irish neuroscientist Dr Phil Kennedy. In the late 1990s he made global headlines for implanting several wire electrodes in the brain of a paralysed 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 the headlines more recently in 2014 when he travelled to South American 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."
Father of the Cyborgs will screen this Friday, 12 March, at the Dublin Film Festival (which is happening entirely online, tickets are available here), before receiving a full cinema release later in 2021.
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