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Enhancing Me: The Hope and the Hype of Human Enhancement

Place of Publication: 
Hoboken, New Jersey

Science is developing more and more potential for human beings to  enhance themselves. The pace of change is rapid, and some people  are already warning that we are heading for a post-human future  populated by ever-lasting, self-sustaining intelligence systems  into which the contents of a human mind have been poured...

Is this true? In Enhancing Me, Pete Moore examines the ways in  which technology can change our bodies, our brains, our emotions,  and how long we live. He talks to people who have actually 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.   He also looks at what drives us to want to be 'superhuman', and the  consequences for the individual and society alike:

  • If you could live forever, would you want to?
  • If you could download your mind onto a computer, would you  still be you?
  • Should we insert chips into our children, so we can track where  they are?
  • Should we force violent criminals to have mood-controlling  brain implants?
  • Would you want technology to improve your memory… or help  you forget?

If you've ever wondered - or worried - about the pace at which  technology is progressing, then this book will give you an  eye-opening glimpse of the future in this fascinating field.

About the author

Pete Moore has been a freelance science writer since 1993, and  specialises in making 'academish' intelligible to people who only  speak English! He has received seven national awards for his work,  and has appeared on radio and television on 50 different occasions,  discussing his books and related news events. He is 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. (Publisher)