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“More Than Human” now available

Foresight Senior Associate Ramez Naam informs us that his book More Than Human has been released.

Here's a description of the book:
"More Than Human is about our growing power to alter our minds, bodies, and lifespans through technology. Over the last 5-10 years scientists and doctors have learned an incredible amount about how to enhance memory, improve physical performance, rewrite our genes, alter the rate of aging, and even how to connect our brains directly with computers and robots. This is not science fiction – this is the research happening in labs around the world right now, research that's restored sight to blind men and women, created mice that live to the age of 200 in "human years", and given the paralyzed the ability to control computers just by thinking about it."

More… "More Than Human takes the reader into the labs where this is happening to understand the science of human enhancement. It also steps back to look at the big picture. How will these technologies affect society? What will they do to the economy, to politics, and to human identity? What social policies should we enact to regulate, restrict, or encourage the use of these technologies?

Ultimately More Than Human concludes that we should embrace, rather than fear, the power to alter ourselves – that in the hands of millions of individuals and families, it stands to benefit society more than to harm it."

Further extensive discussion may be found at: http://www.morethanhuman.org/.

One Response to ““More Than Human” now available”

  1. Chemisor Says:

    Golden Age

    You can find insightful speculation about what such a society of nanoenhanced men might look like in John C. Wright's "Golden Age" trilogy. It is one of the most daring scenarios I've read, and raises many interesting questions about how to know whether you are still the same person in a world where any alteration you can imagine, physical or mental, is available to you. Unlike many science fiction books of similar nature (like "Altered Carbon", for instance) that try making everything dark, dirty, and depressing, these books display a refreshing optimism, which alone makes them worth reading.

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