More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement

More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement

Ramez Naam

Publish 12 months note: First released 2005

• What if you happen to can be smarter, more suitable, and feature a greater reminiscence simply by taking a pill?
• What if shall we regulate our genes to therapy Alzheimer's and Parkinson's?
• What if lets halt or maybe opposite the human getting older process?
• What if lets speak with one another just by brooding about it?

These questions have been as soon as the stuff of technological know-how fiction. this present day, advances in biotechnology have proven that they're believable, even more likely to be entire within the close to destiny. In labs all over the world, researchers trying to find how one can support the ailing and injured have stumbled onto innovations that improve fit animals--making them greater, swifter, smarter, and longer-lived--in a few circumstances, even connecting their minds to robots and pcs around the Internet.

Now technology is at the verge of using this data to fit women and men, permitting us to change humanity in methods we'd formerly basically dreamed attainable. a similar study that may treatment Alzheimer's is resulting in medications and genetic concepts which can enhance human intelligence. The options being constructed to stave off center affliction and melanoma have the aptitude to gradual or maybe opposite human getting older. And mind implants that restoration movement to the paralyzed and sight to the blind are already permitting a small set of sufferers to regulate robots and pcs just by puzzling over it.

Not every person welcomes this medical development. Cries of "against nature" come up from skeptics at the same time scientists holiday new flooring at an stunning speed. around the political spectrum, the controversy roils: should still we embody the facility to change our minds and our bodies, or may still we limit it?

Distilling the main radical accomplishments being made in labs all over the world, together with gene remedy, genetic engineering, stem telephone examine, existence extension, brain-computer interfaces, and cloning, greater than Human deals an exhilarating travel of the influence biotechnology could have on our lives. all through this awesome journey, writer Ramez Naam stocks an impassioned imaginative and prescient for the long run with revealing perception into the moral dilemmas posed via twenty-first-century science.

Winnder of the 2005 H.G. Wells Award

"A marvelous survey of present paintings and destiny chances in gene remedy, neurotechnology and different fields."
Los Angeles Times

"Ramez Naam offers a competent and knowledgeable cook's journey of the realm we would pick out if we elect that we must always fast-forward evolution. I disagree with almost all his enthusiasms, yet i believe he has made his case cogently and well."
Bill McKibben, writer sufficient: Staying Human in an Engineered Age

"More Than Human is a type of infrequent books that's either a pleasant learn and a huge assertion. not anyone attracted to the longer term intersections of technological know-how, expertise, and medication can find the money for to overlook this book."
Steven Johnson, writer of brain large Open and the place stable principles Come From

"More Than Human is superb - passionate but balanced, in actual fact written and wealthy with interesting info. an excellent assessment of an issue that might dominate the twenty-first century."
Greg undergo, writer of useless traces and Darwin's Children

"The destiny speeds up and alter is upon us. the single query - requested cogently in additional Than Human - is whether or not we will be able to learn how to journey the waves, otherwise be swept away. This e-book is a how-to consultant for future-wave riders."
David Brin, writer of lifestyles and The obvious Society: Will expertise Make Us make a choice from privateness and Freedom?

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