Hybrid Humans

£14.99

Harry Parker’s life changed overnight, when he lost his legs to an IED in Afghanistan. Here he takes us on a journey through the exhilarating landscape of a very human kind of hacking, meeting those pushing the limits of our bodies and brains – and grappling with his own new identity and disability along the way. What happens when our lives become enmeshed with technology? Most of us are ‘coupled’ 24/7 to our mobile phones, reliant on glasses, or pacemakers – but we are living in an era of dizzying new possibilities. Parker meets the soldiers having cutting-edge osseointegration, the first DIY cyborgs and biohackers tinkering in garages, and the scientists and surgeons pioneering the latest robotics and implants. He traces how they might lead us to powerful, liberating new possibilities for what a body can be – and how to be human is to be hybrid.

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A BBC Radio 4 Book of the WeekA gripping, eye-opening account of how technology is altering our understanding of what it means to be human – from the bestselling author of Anatomy of a Soldier”I loved Hybrid Humans. It is modest, wise … and a way of looking at the future without nostalgia for the past” – Jeanette WintersonHarry Parker’s life changed overnight when he lost his legs to an IED in Afghanistan. His rehabilitation took him into an often surprising landscape of a very human kind of hacking, and he wondered – are all humans becoming hybrids? Whether it’s putting on contact lenses every day or DIY biohackers tinkering in garages, Parker introduces us to the exhilarating breadth of human invention – and intervention. Grappling with his own new identity and disability, he discovers the latest robotics, tech and implants that might lead us to powerful, liberating possibilities for what a body can be.”This may be a tour of the scientific avant garde, but the focus is always on the human heart and mind” – Observer, Book of the Day”Harry Parker has explored the cutting edge of interaction between humanity, computing and AI … a captivating and cautionary travel guide to a new world” – Gavin Francis, author of Adventures in Human Being

Additional information

Weight 0.34 kg
Dimensions 20 × 13.4 × 2.4 cm
Author

Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Hardback

Pages

256

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

620.82 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K