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Sex Robots & Vegan Meat

Adventures at the Frontier of Birth, Food, Sex & Death

Jenny Kleeman



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03 July 2020
Society & Social Sciences; Ethical issues: scientific & technological developments; Impact of science & technology on society
What if we could have babies without having to bear children, eat meat without killing animals, have the perfect sexual relationship without compromise or choose the time of our painless death?

To find out, Jenny Kleeman has interviewed a sex robot, eaten a priceless lab-grown chicken nugget, watched foetuses growing in plastic bags and attended members-only meetings where people learn how to kill themselves.

Many of the people Kleeman has met say they are finding solutions to problems that have always defined and constricted humankind. But what truly motivates them? What kind of person devotes their life to building a death machine? What kind of customer is desperate to buy an artificially intelligent sex doll - and why? Who is campaigning against these advances, and how are they trying to stop them? And what about the many unintended consequences such inventions will inevitably unleash?

Sex Robots & Vegan Meat is not science fiction. It's not about what might happen one day - it's about what is happening right now, and who is making it happen. In the end, it asks a simple question: are we about to change what it means to be human . . . for ever?
By:   Jenny Kleeman
Imprint:   Picador
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 233mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 29mm
Weight:   456g
ISBN:   9781509894901
ISBN 10:   150989490X
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   03 July 2020
Recommended Age:   From 18 years
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jenny Kleeman is a journalist and documentary-maker. She writes for the Guardian, Tortoise, The Times and the Sunday Times. She has reported for BBC One's Panorama, Channel 4's Dispatches and VICE News Tonight on HBO, as well as making 13 films from across the globe for Channel 4's Unreported World. Sex Robots & Vegan Meat is her first book.

Reviews for Sex Robots & Vegan Meat: Adventures at the Frontier of Birth, Food, Sex & Death

Thoughtful and diverting . . . Kleeman's sceptical, humane instincts help her to unpack the possibilities of frontier tech . . . Even if it doesn't have the answers, this elegantly written and eye-opening book poses the right questions -- Ed Cumming * * I loved this book. A fascinating and often frightening dispatch from the near future, where we have sex with robots and grow babies in artificial wombs . . . and the craziest thing is that this isn't decades away, it's happening right now. Jenny Kleeman writes in such an engaging way - as well as posing big questions about what these developments mean to humanity, we get to know the quirks and obsessions of the individuals driving these huge changes. It's a very human book about the people who might change humanity forever. -- Marianne Power, author of <i>Help Me!</i> A brilliant, thought-provoking book full of strange details, fascinating people and challenging ideas. A necessary book that wears its wealth of research lightly. As Jenny Kleeman says, this isn't science fiction, and yet some of the images will haunt me for years to come. -- Nell Frizzell, author of <i>The Panic Years</i> An unforgettable journey into the near future by a fabulously gifted writer -- Will Storr, author of <i>Selfie </i>and <i>The Science of Storytelling</i> The future is a fairly scary place, but there is no better guide to it than Jenny Kleeman. By turns alarming, funny, thought-provoking and fascinating, this is a book that brilliantly shows us where much of our life (and death) is heading. -- Stig Abell This eye-opening debut is a compelling investigation into the implications of the cutting-edge technologies that aim to deliver the perfect partner, the perfect gestation, the perfect meat and the perfect death. The sceptical Kleeman makes a witty and tenacious guide -- Caroline Sanderson * The Bookseller, Editor's Choice * A fascinating examination of what the future holds, and of what it means to be human. Jenny Kleeman writes with wit and a wealth of knowledge that ensures you will never look at a chicken nugget in quite the same way again. -- Elizabeth Day, author of <i>How to Fail</i> and <i>The Party</i>

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