D r Phil Kennedy is considered by many to be the Indiana Jones of neuroscience: a Limerick-born doctor who pioneered bioengineering, making people excited - then nervous - by the way worked outside the system. Then finally, in a sensational way, he experimented on himself by having an electrode implanted in his brain at a clinic in Belize specializing in medical tourism.
Kennedy did this to measure the meanswhereby brain waves can be harnessed for external computing capacity, helping people with lockdown syndrome or ALS, for example, although what was specifically achieved by implant surgery on itself is not clear. This brief documentary is a partial introduction to the man and his work and it seeks to save Kennedy from his far-fetched reputation, downplaying the maverick side of his personality (there is no mention of his novel by self-published science fiction titled 2051) and it doesn't dwell on the fact that Kennedy is now seen as somewhat eccentric by mainstream neuroscientists - although the disruptors, pioneers and original thinkers are very often people like him.
However, this film about him gives food for thought: authors such that Mark O 'Connell are asked about techno prospects -homo sapiens, a phase of transhuman evolution in which human beings effectively become married to computers. "Cell phones in our heads" is how someone imagines the future. So there are two implications: for sick people with ALS whose lives can be improved, and for perfectly healthy people whose lives can be improved ... what? Even better? Superhuman? Or less than human? Dangerously addicted externalized memory and cognitive ability of computers, which could go wrong?
Well, Kennedy says those ideas are here to stay. He's right. .