By Ramez Naam
Publish 12 months note: First released 2005
• What in case you may be smarter, better, and feature a greater reminiscence simply by taking a pill?
• What if lets regulate our genes to medication Alzheimer's and Parkinson's?
• What if lets halt or perhaps opposite the human getting older process?
• What if lets converse with one another just by puzzling over it?
These questions have been as soon as the stuff of technological know-how fiction. this present day, advances in biotechnology have proven that they're believable, even more likely to be entire within the close to destiny. In labs around the globe, researchers trying to find how you can support the in poor health and injured have stumbled onto concepts that improve fit animals--making them more desirable, speedier, smarter, and longer-lived--in a few situations, even connecting their minds to robots and desktops around the Internet.
Now technological know-how is at the verge of making use of this data to fit women and men, permitting us to change humanity in methods we'd formerly in simple terms dreamed attainable. an identical examine which can medication Alzheimer's is resulting in medicinal drugs and genetic thoughts which can advance human intelligence. The concepts being constructed to stave off center illness and melanoma have the capability 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 pcs just by pondering it.
Not each person welcomes this medical development. Cries of "against nature" come up from skeptics while scientists holiday new flooring at an fabulous velocity. around the political spectrum, the controversy roils: should still we include the ability to change our minds and our bodies, or may still we limit it?
Distilling the main radical accomplishments being made in labs world wide, together with gene remedy, genetic engineering, stem telephone study, lifestyles extension, brain-computer interfaces, and cloning, greater than Human deals an exhilarating journey of the influence biotechnology can have on our lives. all through this striking journey, writer Ramez Naam stocks an impassioned imaginative and prescient for the longer term with revealing perception into the moral dilemmas posed via twenty-first-century science.
Winnder of the 2005 H.G. Wells Award
"A amazing survey of present paintings and destiny percentages in gene treatment, neurotechnology and different fields."
Los Angeles Times
"Ramez Naam offers a competent and knowledgeable cook's journey of the realm we'd decide upon if we choose that we should 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 adequate: Staying Human in an Engineered Age
"More Than Human is a kind of infrequent books that's either a pleasant learn and a massive assertion. not anyone attracted to the long run intersections of technology, know-how, and drugs can have the funds for to overlook this book."
Steven Johnson, writer of brain vast Open and the place stable rules Come From
"More Than Human is superb - passionate but balanced, sincerely written and wealthy with interesting information. an excellent review of a subject that may dominate the twenty-first century."
Greg undergo, writer of useless strains and Darwin's Children
"The destiny speeds 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 publication is a how-to advisor for future-wave riders."
David Brin, writer of lifestyles and The obvious Society: Will know-how Make Us make a choice from privateness and Freedom?