Underbug

Underbug : An Obsessive Tale of Termites and Technology

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In Underbug, the award-winning journalist Lisa Margonelli introduces us to the enigmatic creatures that collectively outweigh human beings ten to one and consume forty billion dollars worth of valuable stuff annually-and yet, in Margonelli's telling, seem weirdly familiar. Over the course of a decade-long obsession with the little bugs, Margonelli pokes around termite mounds and high-tech research facilities, closely watching biologists, roboticists, and geneticists. Her globe-trotting journey veers into uncharted territory, from evolutionary theory to Edwardian science literature to the military industrial complex. What begins as a natural history of the termite becomes a personal exploration of the unnatural future we're building, with darker observations on power, technology, historical trauma, and the limits of human cognition. Whether in Namibia or Cambridge, Arizona or Australia, Margonelli turns up astounding facts and raises provocative questions. Is a termite an individual or a unit of a superorganism? Can we harness the termite's properties to change the world? If we build termite-like swarming robots, will they inevitably destroy us? Is it possible to think without having a mind? Underbug unearths disquieting answers about the world's most underrated insect and what it means to be human.
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Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • 135 x 163 x 28mm | 227g
  • Old Saybrook, United States
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged
  • 1684414423
  • 9781684414420

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244 ratings
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