By Ramez Naam
Publish 12 months note: First released 2005
• What if you happen to can be smarter, improved, and feature a greater reminiscence simply by taking a pill?
• What if shall we modify our genes to therapy Alzheimer's and Parkinson's?
• What if lets halt or perhaps opposite the human getting older process?
• What if lets speak with one another just by considering 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 one can aid the ailing and injured have stumbled onto options that increase fit animals--making them improved, quicker, smarter, and longer-lived--in a few situations, even connecting their minds to robots and desktops around the Internet.
Now technology is at the verge of utilising this data to fit women and men, permitting us to change humanity in methods we'd formerly in basic terms dreamed attainable. a similar study which can therapy Alzheimer's is resulting in medicinal drugs and genetic innovations which may develop human intelligence. The ideas being built to stave off middle illness and melanoma have the aptitude to sluggish or perhaps opposite human getting older. And mind implants that fix movement to the paralyzed and sight to the blind are already permitting a small set of sufferers to manage robots and desktops just by wondering it.
Not everybody welcomes this medical growth. Cries of "against nature" come up from skeptics at the same time scientists holiday new flooring at an outstanding velocity. around the political spectrum, the controversy roils: may still we include the facility 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 cellphone examine, lifestyles extension, brain-computer interfaces, and cloning, greater than Human deals an exhilarating travel of the influence biotechnology may have on our lives. all through this amazing journey, writer Ramez Naam stocks an impassioned imaginative and prescient for the longer term with revealing perception into the moral dilemmas posed by way of twenty-first-century science.
Winnder of the 2005 H.G. Wells Award
"A brilliant survey of present paintings and destiny probabilities in gene treatment, neurotechnology and different fields."
Los Angeles Times
"Ramez Naam offers a competent and proficient cook's travel of the area we would pick out if we choose that we must 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 type of infrequent books that's either a pleasant learn and a huge assertion. not anyone drawn to the longer term intersections of technological know-how, expertise, and drugs can manage to pay for to overlook this book."
Steven Johnson, writer of brain extensive Open and the place strong principles Come From
"More Than Human is superb - passionate but balanced, in actual fact written and wealthy with interesting info. an excellent assessment of an issue that would dominate the twenty-first century."
Greg endure, writer of useless strains and Darwin's Children
"The destiny hurries up and alter is upon us. the one 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 ebook is a how-to consultant for future-wave riders."
David Brin, writer of life and The obvious Society: Will expertise Make Us make a choice from privateness and Freedom?