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
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• What if you happen to should be smarter, more desirable, and feature a greater reminiscence simply by taking a pill?
• What if lets regulate our genes to healing Alzheimer's and Parkinson's?
• What if lets halt or maybe opposite the human getting older process?
• What if lets converse with one another just by wondering it?

These questions have been as soon as the stuff of technological know-how fiction. at the present time, advances in biotechnology have proven that they're believable, even more likely to be entire within the close to destiny. In labs world wide, researchers searching for how one can aid the ill and injured have stumbled onto thoughts that improve fit animals--making them greater, quicker, smarter, and longer-lived--in a few circumstances, even connecting their minds to robots and desktops around the Internet.

Now technology is at the verge of employing this data to fit women and men, permitting us to change humanity in methods we'd formerly merely dreamed attainable. a similar learn that can healing Alzheimer's is resulting in medicines and genetic recommendations that may enhance human intelligence. The suggestions being constructed to stave off center illness and melanoma have the capability to sluggish or perhaps opposite human getting older. And mind implants that repair movement to the paralyzed and sight to the blind are already permitting a small set of sufferers to manage robots and pcs just by pondering it.

Not every person welcomes this clinical growth. Cries of "against nature" come up from skeptics while scientists holiday new flooring at an surprising speed. around the political spectrum, the controversy roils: may still we include the ability to change our minds and our bodies, or should still we limit it?

Distilling the main radical accomplishments being made in labs all over the world, together with gene remedy, genetic engineering, stem cellphone learn, existence extension, brain-computer interfaces, and cloning, greater than Human deals an exhilarating journey of the effect biotechnology may have on our lives. all through this outstanding journey, writer Ramez Naam stocks an impassioned imaginative and prescient for the longer term with revealing perception into the moral dilemmas posed through twenty-first-century science.

Award
Winnder of the 2005 H.G. Wells Award

Reviews
"A marvelous survey of present paintings and destiny percentages in gene treatment, neurotechnology and different fields."
Los Angeles Times

"Ramez Naam presents a competent and proficient cook's journey of the realm we'd decide upon if we elect that we should always fast-forward evolution. I disagree with nearly all his enthusiasms, yet i feel he has made his case cogently and well."
Bill McKibben, writer sufficient: Staying Human in an Engineered Age

"More Than Human is a kind of infrequent books that's either a pleasant learn and an immense assertion. nobody drawn to the long run intersections of technological know-how, expertise, and drugs can have the funds for to overlook this book."
Steven Johnson, writer of brain broad Open and the place reliable rules Come From

"More Than Human is superb - passionate but balanced, truly written and wealthy with attention-grabbing info. a superb review of a subject matter that would dominate the twenty-first century."
Greg undergo, writer of useless strains 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 experience the waves, otherwise be swept away. This booklet is a how-to advisor for future-wave riders."
David Brin, writer of life and The obvious Society: Will know-how Make Us choose from privateness and Freedom?

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