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Rebuilt: How Becoming Part Computer Made Me More Human

 
 
Author
Michael Chorost.
Publisher Houghton Mifflin  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.3 x 5.5 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780618378296
Pages/Publication Date 232/2005
Daedalus Item Code 81999
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Michael Chorost became a cyborg on October 1, 2001, the day his new ear was booted up. Born hard of hearing, he went completely deaf in his 30s and rather than live in silence, chose to have a computer surgically embedded in his skull to artificially restore his hearing. This "artfully frank account" (Booklist), which was granted the PEN/USA Book Award for Creative Nonfiction, is the story of Chorost's journey with a mystifyingly mechanical body. He found that kitchen magnets stuck to his head, and that he could plug himself directly into a CD player. His hearing was routinely upgraded with new software. All of this forced him to confront complex questions about humans in the machine age: When the senses become programmable, can we trust what they tell us about the world? Will cochlear implants destroy the signing deaf community? And, above all, are cyborgs still human?
 
 
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