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16 December 2008
Literature: history & criticism; Impact of science & technology on society; Popular science; Sci-Fi Reference
Would your body work better with some artificial parts? Will you live longer, perhaps a lot longer, than you now expect? The next decade promises another qualitative shift in the way we view technology, as once purely fictional concepts - robots, cyborg parts, and the many variations in between - become part of reality.

Beyond Human treats the landscape of human self-change and robotic development as poles of the same phenomenon. Can we go too far in making ourselves machine-like or making machines resemble us? Once made, what will such creatures think about us? These questions will arise in myriad ways in the next few decades, as we press against boundaries that a short while ago existed only in works of the imagination.

Written in a lively and provocative style, this is a readable book about the accumulation of small scientific advances that add up to something large and challenging.
By:   Gregory Benford, Elisabeth Malartre
Imprint:   Forge
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 230mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 17mm
Weight:   384g
ISBN:   9780765310835
ISBN 10:   076531083X
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   16 December 2008
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Other merchandise
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for Beyond Human

A Selection of the Scientific American Book Club <br> Interviews with pioneers and participants in enhancement research, robotics and engineering, and informed perspectives on the theory, economics, and actuality of life extension, give Beyond Human the flavor of a tourist guide to the future, conducted by natives.... Serve[s] up a feast. <br> --Nature <br> The simple title of this book belies its profundity--and its sense of humor. Besides an up-to-date, comprehensive overview of developments in the field of robotics and artificial intelligence, physicist Benford and biologist Malartre also address deeper questions about the relationship between the brain and the mind, as well as humankind's nervous relationship with increasingly sophisticated machines. <br> --Publishers Weekly

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