The Body Electric : An Anatomy of the New Bionic Senses
Marie, a 63-year-old Belgian woman, has been totally blind since the age of 57. But now, thanks to electrodes implanted around her right optic nerve, she can see lights, shapes and colours again. Marie is just one of a handful of people around the world who have had computer chips implanted in their bodies to extend, enhance or repair their senses. Drawing on fields as diverse as artificial intelligence and biology, THE BODY ELECTRIC provides an exciting synthesis of the people and technology making this convergence possible, while addressing the psychological, social and philosophical implications of these startling developments. Are you any less 'you' after a bionic implant? If all our senses are electronically enhanced, how will we tell the difference between virtual reality and the actual world? How can privacy be ensured when computers are watching and listening to everything we do and say?
- Paperback | 224 pages
- 129 x 198 x 21mm | 240g
- 07 Nov 2002
- Orion Publishing Co
- Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
- London, United Kingdom
"Once Geary lures you in, the real fantastical hook is wondering how we failed to notice that the bionic age has already arrived." THE SCOTSMAN "It's a remarkablly fertile, imaginative read." FOCUS "Thankfully, the techonology still needs some tweaking." THE GUARDIAN "This is a fairly fascinating survey byTime magazine journalist James Geary of the current state of cybernetics, that frontier science where biology and technology are merging." THE INDEPENDENT
About James Geary
James Geary is the author of El Mundo en Una Frase: A Brief History of the Aphorism. He lives in London with his wife and three children.