To be a machine - Mark O'Connell

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Format:
Paperback
ISBN:
9781783781966
Published:
06 Apr 2017
Publisher:
Granta Books
Dimensions:
234 pages: 139 x 215 x 18mm

Mark O'Connell presents us with an exploration of transhumanism: its philosophical and scientific roots, its key players and possible futures. From charismatic techies seeking to enhance the body to immortalists who believe in the possibility of 'solving' death; from computer programmers quietly re-designing the world to vast competitive robotics conventions. O'Connell paints a vivid portrait of an international movement driven by strange and frequently disturbing ideas and practices, but whose obsession with transcending human limitations can be seen as a kind of cultural microcosm, a radical intensification of our broader faith in the power of technology as an engine of human progress.