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...
  • John
    Jan 21, 2017
    Shocking, moving, informative, engrossing, joyful and at times hilarious--a personal look at the transhumanist movement...
  • 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 ...
  • Deepak
    May 04, 2017
    "Flesh is a dead format".Death has interested philosophers and scientists alike. Confronting it with modern medicine and making peace with this bitter truth of life are two principal ways of dealing with it. Transhumanism is a movement that aims to push the boundaries of science to the extent of ach...
  • 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...
  • Richard Smith
    May 22, 2017
    Mark O'Connell writes this entertaining and thought provoking book about transhumanists not by reflecting on them in the abstract but by meeting, drinking, and travelling with them. But the book is not neutral reportage, he injects his own thoughts and feelings. A former English teacher, he's also g...
  • 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...
  • Whitney Milam
    May 13, 2017
    Absolutely brilliant; a breathtaking read. I'll be thinking about the ideas in this book (so beautifully expressed and analyzed!) for a long, long time. We exist, we humans, in the wreckage of an imagined splendor. It was not supposed to be this way: we weren't supposed to be weak, to be ashamed, to...
  • Fraser
    May 14, 2017
    A really enjoyable romp through the concept of Transhumanism. I did not know very much about this 'movement' or ideology but this book has given a whirlwind tour of the concepts and some of the personalities involved.O'Connell is an engaging writer, some wry humour employed throughout helps to keep ...
  • Barry Dank
    May 19, 2017
    This book is about transhumanism. To appreciate transhumanism, to understand it at a "gut" level, one must not accept the inevitability of death. In the pre-humanism world, in today's world, we embrace life saving medical technologies, but we believe that such technologies may save us from a life th...