To be a Machine

Adventures Among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers, and the Futurists Solving the Modest Problem of Death

To be a Machine

O'Connell, Mark

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Fecha de edición enero 2018 · Edición nº 1

Idioma inglés

EAN 9781101911594
256 páginas
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Resumen del libro

A provocative and entertaining journey into the world of tech visionaries, Silicon Valley billionaires, and brilliant eccentrics dedicated to the enhancement'and ultimate salvation'of mankind.

Transhumanism is a movement pushing the limits of our biology'of our senses, intelligence, and lifespans'with technology. Its supporters have reached a critical mass and now include some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley and beyond, among them Peter Thiel, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, and Ray Kurzweil. In this eye-opening account, journalist Mark OConnell explores the staggering (and terrifying) possibilities that present themselves when you think of your body as an outmoded device. He visits the worlds foremost cryonics facility to witness how some have chosen to forestall death, discovers an underground collective of biohackers boosting their senses by implanting electronics under their skin, and meets with members of a team urgently investigating how to protect mankind from rogue artificial superintelligence. In investigating what it means to be a machine, OConnell shines a light on our ancient desire to transcend the animal condition'and offers a surprising meditation on what it means to be human.

Biografía del autor

Escritor. Es columnista sobre libros para Slate. También escribe en The Millions y es colaborador habitual del blog "Page-Turner" de The New Yorker. Tiene un doctorado en literatura inglesa del Trinity College de Dublín, y en 2013 su monografía académica sobre el trabajo del novelista John Banville fue publicada por Palgrave Macmillan. Fue becario postdoctoral del Irish Research Council desde 2011 hasta 2012 en el Trinity College, donde enseñó literatura contemporánea.




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