Our Grandchildren Redesigned

Our Grandchildren Redesigned

Life in the Bioengineered Society of the Near Future

eBook - 2015
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"Biotechnology is moving fast. In the coming decades, advances pharmaceuticals, bioelectronics, and genetic interventions will be used not only to heal the sick but to boost human physical and mental performance to unprecedented levels. People will have access to pills that make them stronger and faster, informatic devices will interface seamlessly with the human brain, and epigenetic modification may allow people to reshape their own physical and mental identities at will. Until recentl,y such major technological watersheds-- like the development of metal tools or the industrialization of manufacturing-- came about incrementally over centuries or longer. People and social systems had time to adapt: they gradually developed new values, norms, and habits to accomodate the transformed material conditions. But contemporary society is dangerously unprepared for the dramatic changes it is about to experience down this road on which it is already advancing at an accelerating pace. The results will no doubt be mixed. People will live longer, healthier lives, will fine-tune their own thought processes, and will generate staggeringly complex and subtle forms of knowledge and insight. But these technologies also threaten to widen the rift between rich and poor, to generate new forms of social and economic division, and to force people to engage in constant cycles of upgrades and boosts merely to keep up. Individuals who boost their traits beyond a certain threshold may acquire such extreme capabilities that they will no longer be recognized as unambiguously human. In this important and timely book, ... historian Michael Bess provides a clearn, nontechnical overview of cutting-edge biotechnology and paints a vivid portrait of a near-future society in which bioenhancement has become a part of everyday life. He surveys ethical questions raised by the enhancement enterprise and explores the space for human agency in dealing with challenges that these technologies will represent." -- Jacket.
Publisher: New York : Beacon Press, 2015
ISBN: 9780807052181
Branch Call Number: eBOOK
R856 .B44 2015
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Jan 03, 2016

Know that Our Grandchildren Redesigned does not shy away from the scientific details. I think I was expecting something more accessible, less academic. Michael Bess' book is still worth a look. Just be prepared with a technical mind-set.


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