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The Resource Our grandchildren redesigned : life in the bioengineered society of the near future, Michael Bess

Our grandchildren redesigned : life in the bioengineered society of the near future, Michael Bess

Label
Our grandchildren redesigned : life in the bioengineered society of the near future
Title
Our grandchildren redesigned
Title remainder
life in the bioengineered society of the near future
Statement of responsibility
Michael Bess
Title variation
Life in the bioengineered society of the near future
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Biotechnology is moving fast. In the coming decades, advanced 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 recently, 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 accommodate 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. -- Provided by publisher
  • In this important and timely book, prize-winning historian Michael Bess provides a clear, 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 the ethical questions raised by the enhancement enterprise and explores the space for human agency in dealing with the challenges that these technologies will present. -- Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DNLM/DLC
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Bess, Michael
Dewey number
610.28
Index
index present
LC call number
R856
LC item number
.B44 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 2015 L-055
  • QT 36
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Medical innovations
  • Social change
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Enhancement
  • Social Change
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Medical innovations
  • Social change
Label
Our grandchildren redesigned : life in the bioengineered society of the near future, Michael Bess
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 218-228) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Envisioning the future : between the Jetsons and the Singularity -- Pharmaceuticals -- Bioelectronics -- Genetics and epigenetics -- Wild cards : nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, robotics, synthetic biology -- Should we re-engineer the human condition? -- Who gets enhanced? -- A fragmenting species? : cultural preferences inscribed into biology -- If I ran the zoo: adventures along the plant/animal/human/machine borderlands -- Mechanization of the self -- Turbocharging moral character -- Shared intimacies: monitoring and transmitting mental contents -- Virtual reality and (yawn) this other reality -- Til death do us no longer part. Implications of extremely long healthspans -- New sounds for the old guitar : sex, food, privacy, the arts, warfare -- Why extreme modifications should be postponed, or, the Singularity can wait -- Humane values in a world of moderate enhancements -- What you and I can do today -- Enhancing humility : some concluding thoughts
Control code
ocn900594511
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xviii, 298 pages
Isbn
9780807066621
Lccn
2015004102
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40025351470
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o900594511
  • (OCoLC)900594511
Label
Our grandchildren redesigned : life in the bioengineered society of the near future, Michael Bess
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 218-228) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Envisioning the future : between the Jetsons and the Singularity -- Pharmaceuticals -- Bioelectronics -- Genetics and epigenetics -- Wild cards : nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, robotics, synthetic biology -- Should we re-engineer the human condition? -- Who gets enhanced? -- A fragmenting species? : cultural preferences inscribed into biology -- If I ran the zoo: adventures along the plant/animal/human/machine borderlands -- Mechanization of the self -- Turbocharging moral character -- Shared intimacies: monitoring and transmitting mental contents -- Virtual reality and (yawn) this other reality -- Til death do us no longer part. Implications of extremely long healthspans -- New sounds for the old guitar : sex, food, privacy, the arts, warfare -- Why extreme modifications should be postponed, or, the Singularity can wait -- Humane values in a world of moderate enhancements -- What you and I can do today -- Enhancing humility : some concluding thoughts
Control code
ocn900594511
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xviii, 298 pages
Isbn
9780807066621
Lccn
2015004102
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40025351470
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o900594511
  • (OCoLC)900594511

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