Beyond Human: Living with Robots and Cyborgs

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Can we go too far in making ourselves machinelike or making machines resemble us? And once made, what will such creatures think about us? These questions will arise in myriad ways in the next few decades, as once purely fictional concepts-robots, cyborg parts, and the many variations in between-become part of reality, and we press against boundaries that until recently existed only in works of the imagination. Written in a lively and provocative style, this book is about the accumulation of small scientific ...
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Can we go too far in making ourselves machinelike or making machines resemble us? And once made, what will such creatures think about us? These questions will arise in myriad ways in the next few decades, as once purely fictional concepts-robots, cyborg parts, and the many variations in between-become part of reality, and we press against boundaries that until recently existed only in works of the imagination. Written in a lively and provocative style, this book is about the accumulation of small scientific advances that add up to something large and challenging.
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"Professor and distinguished sf writer Benford adds another reflective title to his large and rapidly expanding oeuvre. Hearty and compelling, his new book elucidates some of the inherent problems humanity faces in communicating over the expanse of time. This slim book addresses environmental issues in order to change how we think about the human impact on Earth; the goal is to make us good stewards. Recommended for all public and academic libraries.—Library Journal

"Combining the flair of a novelist with the cutting-edge science of a physicist, Gregory Benford tells a fascinating tale of one of the deepest questions human beings can ask: How do we communicate with our distant descendants or with extraterrestrials? I know of no book that combines these ingredients in such a hearty meal for the intellect." —John L. Casti, Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, NM; author of Paradigms Lost and The Cambridge Quintet

"We have no evolutionary basis for thinking rationally about the distant future, and Gregory Benford's delightful book documents our feeble efforts to do so. We feel a sense of responsibility to and for a future far beyond our span, and it will not go away. Deep Time addresses the why and the how of truly deep issues, in a fun read. I know of no other book on this intriguing subject." —Hal Lewis, Professor of Physics, University of California at Santa Barbara; author of Technological Risk

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765310835
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 12/9/2008
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Gregory Benford
Gregory Benford is a physicist, educator, and author. A professor at the University of California at Irvine, he researches plasma turbulence theory and conducts astrophysics experiments. He is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, has taught at Cambridge University, and has served as an adviser to the Department of Energy, NASA, and the White House Council on Space Policy. Benford won the Nebula Award in 1980 for his novel Timescape. He lives in California.
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Table of Contents

Preface 7

Part I Man Plus: Augmentation: From an Old Tradition to Our Brave New Bionic World 13

1 You, Too, Can Be Superhuman 23

2 The Augmented Animal 39

3 Chips, Brains, and Minds 73

4 Man Plus & Plus & Plus &... 101

Part II Robots Plus: Anthrobots-Machines R Us 129

5 Robots to Order 133

6 Robowar 149

7 The Rights and Wrongs of Robots 161

8 Us and Them 179

Part III 'Bots, 'Borgs, Bionics, and Betters: Reservations Recommended 195

9 Wearable Computers: Blending Man and Machine 197

10 Metaman 221

11 The Long Perspective 239

References 257

Acknowledgments 261

Index 263

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