Father of the cyborgs: The Irish doctor who is merging the human brain with computers – starting with his own

Limerick-born neuroscientist Dr Phil Kennedy’s mission, to help his patients speak, led him to experiment on himself. In a new film, he explains his belief that creating cyborgs is the future of humanity

A CT scan of the electrodes Dr Phil Kennedy had implanted in his brain in 2014

Patrice Harrington

As soon as he appears wearing short shirt sleeves on the Zoom call from his clinic in Atlanta, Georgia, I have a flashback of Dr Phil Kennedy from the newly released documentary film about him, Father of the Cyborgs.