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To Be a Machine

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

To Be a Machine( )
Author: O'Connell, Mark
ISBN:978-1-78378-198-0
Publication Date:Mar 2018
Publisher:Granta Books
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:AUD $22.99
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Mark O'Connell presents us with an 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. O'Connell paints a vivid portrait of an international movement driven by strange and frequently disturbing ideas and practices,...
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O'Connell, Mark (Author)
Mark O'Connell is an Irish author and teacher, born in 1979 and based in Dublin. He earned his PhD in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin. His academic work on, John Banville's Narcissistic Fiction, was published in 2013. From 2011 to 2012 he was an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at Trinity College and taught contemporary literature. His debut book, To Be a Machine: Adventures Among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers and the Futurists Solving the Modest Problem of Death, was published in 2017 and won for him the 2018 Wellcome Book Prize.

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