Sex Robots and Vegan Meat: Adventures at the Frontier of Birth, Food, Sex, and Death

Sex Robots and Vegan Meat: Adventures at the Frontier of Birth, Food, Sex, and Death

by Jenny Kleeman


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A timely investigation into the forces that are driving innovation in the four core areas of human experience: birth, food, sex, and death.

In Sex Robots & Vegan Meat, award-winning journalist and documentary-maker Jenny Kleeman takes us on a journey into the world of the people who are changing what it means to be human. Focusing on the central pillars of the human experience–birth, food, sex, and death—Kleeman examines the people who are driving some truly amazing (and perhaps worrying) innovations. We are on the brink of seismic changes in the ways we live and die, from babies grown in artificial wombs to lab-produced meat; from sex robots able to hold polite conversation (and otherwise) to being able to choose to end our days with the perfect, painless, automated death. Our journey from cradle to grave is developing in ways which involve more and more technology, and less and less human interaction. Might these advances in technology serve to rob us of our humanity?

In this book Jenny Kleeman takes a profound look at what the future might have in store—and asks some provocative questions along the way. Jenny Kleeman places these scientists front and center and asks what is driving and motivating them? Are they entrepreneurs in it for the greater good of human advancement, or might there be more sinister—i.e. monetary—motivations in play? Kleeman is a skilled and subtle interrogator and travels with the reader on a fascinating exploration of the changes afoot, their implications for who we are as a society—and as human beings. It's an immersive, eye-opening, and hugely entertaining journey into a world of extraordinary visionaries on the frontline of a social revolution.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781643135724
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 09/01/2020
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 400,313
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Jenny Kleeman is a journalist and documentary filmmaker who travels the world finding eye-catching, thought-provoking stories, and compelling characters. Her articles appear regularly in the Guardian and also in the Sunday Times (London), The Times of London, The New Statesman, and VICE. She has reported for BBC One’s Panorama and HBO’s VICE News Tonight. She won the One World Media Television Award for her work on Unreported World and was nominated for the Amnesty International Gaby Rado Award. She lives in England.

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Part 1 The Future of Sex 3

Chapter 1 'Where the magic happens' 5

Chapter 2 'The illusion of companionship' 28

Chapter 3 'It won't feel a thing' 50

Chapter 4 'All of our relationships are at stake' 69

Part 2 The Future of Food 89

Chapter 5 Cowschwitz 91

Chapter 6 The Vegans Who Love Meat 112

Chapter 7 Fish Out of Water 135

Chapter 8 Aftertaste 153

Part 3 The Future of Birth 175

Chapter 9 The Business of Baby-Carrying 177

Chapter 10 The Biobag 194

Chapter 11 Immaculate Gestation 217

Chapter 12 'Finally. Women made obsolete' 240

Part 4 The Future of Death 261

Chapter 13 DIY Death 263

Chapter 14 'The Elon Musk of suicide' 284

Chapter 15 'The means to an end' 308

Epilogue 330

Acknowledgements 337

Notes 339

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