To Be a Machine


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What is transhumanism?

Simply put, it is a movement whose aim is is to use technology to fundamentally change the human condition, to improve out bodies and minds to the point where we become something other, and better, than the animals we are. It is a philosophy that, depending on how you look at it, can seem hopeful, or terrifying, or absurd.

In To Be a Machine, Mark O'Connell presents us with the first full-length exploration of transhumanism: its philosophical and scientific roots, current importance and possible futures. We follow Mark from laboratories to bars, cryonic storage facilities to basement biohacking labs as he meets the movement's key players. From charismatic techies seeking to enhance the body to immortalists who believe in the possibility of 'solving' death; from computer programmers quietly redesigning the world to vast competitive robotics conventions; To Be a Machine is an urgent, thrilling Adventure in Wonderland for our time.


Condition: Pre-loved book. Minor yellowing of pages. Otherwise in good condition.

Format: Paperback
Year published: 2017

Pages: 234
Imprint: Granta

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