By Ramez Naam
Publish yr note: First released 2005
• What for those who will be smarter, more suitable, and feature a greater reminiscence simply by taking a pill?
• What if lets modify our genes to therapy Alzheimer's and Parkinson's?
• What if shall we halt or maybe opposite the human getting older process?
• What if lets speak with one another just by puzzling over it?
These questions have been as soon as the stuff of technological know-how fiction. this day, advances in biotechnology have proven that they're believable, even prone to be finished within the close to destiny. In labs worldwide, researchers searching for how you can support the ailing and injured have stumbled onto suggestions that improve fit animals--making them greater, swifter, smarter, and longer-lived--in a few situations, even connecting their minds to robots and desktops around the Internet.
Now technological know-how is at the verge of using this information to fit women and men, permitting us to change humanity in methods we'd formerly merely dreamed attainable. an analogous learn that can remedy Alzheimer's is resulting in medicines and genetic ideas which could advance human intelligence. The concepts being constructed to stave off middle affliction and melanoma have the capability to gradual or perhaps 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 manage robots and desktops just by pondering it.
Not all people welcomes this clinical growth. Cries of "against nature" come up from skeptics whilst scientists holiday new floor at an amazing speed. around the political spectrum, the talk 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 treatment, genetic engineering, stem mobile examine, lifestyles extension, brain-computer interfaces, and cloning, greater than Human deals an exhilarating travel of the impression biotechnology may 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 through twenty-first-century science.
Winnder of the 2005 H.G. Wells Award
"A amazing survey of present paintings and destiny percentages in gene treatment, neurotechnology and different fields."
Los Angeles Times
"Ramez Naam offers a competent and proficient cook's travel of the realm we would opt for if we elect that we should always fast-forward evolution. I disagree with almost 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 enormous assertion. nobody attracted to the long run intersections of technology, expertise, and drugs can come up with the money for to overlook this book."
Steven Johnson, writer of brain extensive Open and the place reliable rules Come From
"More Than Human is superb - passionate but balanced, basically written and wealthy with interesting info. an excellent assessment of an issue that might dominate the twenty-first century."
Greg undergo, writer of lifeless strains and Darwin's Children
"The destiny speeds up and alter is upon us. the one query - requested cogently in additional Than Human - is whether or not we will be able to discover ways to experience the waves, in any other case be swept away. This e-book is a how-to consultant for future-wave riders."
David Brin, writer of life and The obvious Society: Will know-how Make Us choose from privateness and Freedom?