To Be a Machine: Adventures Among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers, and the Futurists Solving the Modest Problem of Death

To Be a Machine: Adventures Among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers, and the Futurists Solving the Modest Problem of Death

Meet the visionaries, billionaires, professors, and programmers who are using groundbreaking technology to push the limits of the human body our senses, intelligence, and our lifespans Once relegated to the fringes of society, transhumanism (the use of technology to enhance human intellectual and physical capability) is now poised to enter our cultural mainstream. It has f...

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Title:To Be a Machine: Adventures Among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers, and the Futurists Solving the Modest Problem of Death
Author:Mark O'Connell
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ISBN:0385540418
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages

To Be a Machine: Adventures Among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers, and the Futurists Solving the Modest Problem of Death Reviews

  • GONZA
    Oct 13, 2016
    I recently read a lot of book involving transhumanism and the overcoming of our biology that "obliges" us to die. This book is one of the most complete: starting from implants, going trough brain emulation, Kurzweil and the sigularity, gives us a good and clear vision of what it is all about. Intere...
  • Karina
    Jan 02, 2017
    What does it mean to be human? Is death inevitable? Or will we be able to preserve some essence of ourselves after death, through technology? Mark O'Connell, spurred on by the birth of his son and with a new awareness of the fragility of life, sets out to ask these questions of the people who have b...
  • John
    Jan 21, 2017
    Shocking, moving, informative, engrossing, joyful and at times hilarious--a personal look at the transhumanist movement...
  • Darren Mitton
    Apr 10, 2017
    I was QUITE pleasantly surprised by this book - and read it from cover to cover. When it started, I couldn't understand the author's point-of-view as it seemed closed-minded, but as the work progressed I found that was EXACTLY the point-of-view needed to be non-biased in seeking the experiences and ...
  • Jennifer Jamieson
    Feb 22, 2017
    A fascinating look at transhumanism told with introspection and mirth. ...
  • Allen Adams
    Mar 02, 2017
    http://www.themaineedge.com/tekk/tour...In a world where the growth of technology is exponential, the span of time between science fiction and science fact becomes increasingly shorter. Things that seem like the height of speculative fantasy become commonplace in just a generation or two.That rapid ...
  • Olivia
    Apr 05, 2017
    I liked his perspective. Outside, looking in. Quite confused by many of the trans-humanist he met. I guess that was a fun perspective, as it would be my own. So the jokes and observations he felt, felt true to me. I don't think he successfully conveyed the sincerity or belief of these folks, so I am...
  • Jeffrey
    Apr 05, 2017
    A very interesting look into the trans-humanist movement. Set from the view point of an outsider exploring and interviewing many of the leading figures. I did greatly enjoy the almost stream of consciousness type writing that the author used. To those that have any interest at all in this movement, ...
  • Peter Boyle
    Apr 09, 2017
    "Flesh is a dead format."Remember Krang? He was an enemy of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a disembodied brain who paraded around in a human-shaped exo-suit after his alien form had been destroyed. Just a fun cartoon, right? Well it may be closer to reality than we thought. Shredder's pal might h...
  • Woowott
    Apr 20, 2017
    3.5 stars. A well-written, sometimes amusing, introduction to transhumanism written by a chap who is not a transhumanist. Yes, he is biased, but he makes no claims to be unbiased. I know precious little of transhumanism, so this was an utterly fascinating book to me....