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To be a machine : adventures among cyborgs, utopians, hackers, and the futurists solving the modest problem of death / Mark O'Connell.
Publisher: London : Granta, 2018.
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9781783781980 (pbk.) :
Originally published: 2017.
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.
241 pages ; 20 cm
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