Enhancing Me: The Hope and the Hype of Human Enhancement (Science Museum TechKnow Series)

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In Enhancing Me, Pete Moore examines the ways in which technology can change our bodies, our brains, our emotions, and our longevity. He talks to people who claim to have been 'enhanced' to find out what it's like and how beneficial it is; and to the experts to find out what the future holds - including a look at some of the more controversial, headline-grabbing claims. The book also looks at what drives us to want to be 'superhuman', and the consequences for the individual and ...

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Overview

In Enhancing Me, Pete Moore examines the ways in which technology can change our bodies, our brains, our emotions, and our longevity. He talks to people who claim to have been 'enhanced' to find out what it's like and how beneficial it is; and to the experts to find out what the future holds - including a look at some of the more controversial, headline-grabbing claims. The book also looks at what drives us to want to be 'superhuman', and the consequences for the individual and society alike.

Should we insert chips into our children, so we can track where they are?

If you could live forever, would you want to?

If you could download your mind onto a computer, would it 'become' you?

Should we force violent criminals to have mood-controlling brain implants?

Would you want technology to improve your memory... or help you forget?

Discover. Question. Provoke.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470724095
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/13/2008
  • Series: Science Museum TechKnow Series , #4
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Moore has been a freelance science writer since 1993, and Specialises in making 'academish' intelligible to people who only speak English! He's received six national awards for his work, and has made numerous appearances on radio and television. Pete is also a public speaker and a member of toastmasters International, as well as a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a visiting lecturer in ethics at Trinity College Bristol, and a course tutor on the Science Communication MSc at the University of the West of England, Bristol.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Section I: Longer Than Life.

1. Techno Fixes.

2. Maintain and Repair.

3. Uploading.

Section II: Brighter Than Life.

4. Let's Stretch.

5. In Touch with the Brain.

6. Maxing Memory.

Section III: Better Than Life.

7. Conformity in Enhancement.

8. Adding Technology.

9. Better and Beyond.

Section IV: Faster Than Life.

10. Restoring Function.

11. Doping - Drugs and Genes.

12. Sporting Superhumans.

Section V: Hype or Hope?

Index.

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