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The Resource To be a machine : adventures among cyborgs, utopians, hackers, and the futurists solving the modest problem of death, Mark O'Connell

To be a machine : adventures among cyborgs, utopians, hackers, and the futurists solving the modest problem of death, Mark O'Connell

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To be a machine : adventures among cyborgs, utopians, hackers, and the futurists solving the modest problem of death
Title
To be a machine
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adventures among cyborgs, utopians, hackers, and the futurists solving the modest problem of death
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Mark O'Connell
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eng
Summary
Simply put, it is a movement whose aim is to use technology to fundamentally change the human condition, to improve our bodies and minds to the point where we become something other, and better, than the animals we are. It's 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, 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; To Be a Machine is an Adventure in Wonderland for our time. To Be a Machine 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. It is a character study of human eccentricity, and a meditation on the immemorial desire to transcend the basic facts of our animal existence - a desire as primal as the oldest religions, a story as old as the earliest literary texts. --
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1979-
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O'Connell, Mark
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Literary form
non fiction
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Humanism
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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
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ocn984190732
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
238 pages
Isbn
9781783781966
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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(OCoLC)992400075
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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
Publication
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn984190732
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
238 pages
Isbn
9781783781966
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)992400075

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