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To Be a Machine - Adventures Among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers, and the Futurists Solving the Modest Problem of Death

Mark O'Connell

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"This gonzo-journalistic exploration of the Silicon Valley techno-utopians' pursuit of escaping mortality is a breezy romp full of colorful characters." -New York Times Book Review (Editor's Choice) Transhumanism is a movement pushing the limits of our bodies-our capabilities, intelligence, and lifespans-in the hopes that, through technology, we can become something better than ourselves. It has found support among Silicon Valley billionaires and some of the world's biggest businesses. In To Be a Machine, journalist Mark O'Connell explores the staggering possibilities and moral quandaries that present themselves when you of think of your body as a device. He visits the world's foremost cryonics facility to witness how some have chosen to forestall death. He discovers an underground collective of biohackers, implanting electronics under their skin to enhance their senses. He meets a team of scientists urgently investigating how to protect mankind from artificial superintelligence. Where is our obsession with technology leading us? What does the rise of AI mean not just for our offices and homes, but for our humanity? Could the technologies we create to help us eventually bring us to harm? Addressing these questions, O'Connell presents a profound, provocative, often laugh-out-loud-funny look at an influential movement. In investigating what it means to be a machine, he offers a surprising meditation on what it means to be human.

Language:

English

Narrators:

James Garnon

Length:

8h 46m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:22


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:23


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:37


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:41


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:17


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:48


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:53


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:44


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:54


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:15


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:52


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:56


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:00


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:08


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:05


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:51


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:27


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:43


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:40


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:09


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:31


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:06


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:59


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:42


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:19


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:38


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:13


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:02


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:41


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:43


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:40


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:27


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:46


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:50


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:48


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:33


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:24


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:58


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:52


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:26


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:40


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:35


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:18


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:40


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:55


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:24


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:32


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:37


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:57


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:41


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:55


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:16


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:14


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:52


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:58


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:05


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:16


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:04


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:33


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:52


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:10


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:33


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

08:28


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:47


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:23


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:43


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:56


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:28


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

08:09


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

08:02


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:52


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:44


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:32


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:26


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:11


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:01


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:57


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

00:40