How Technology in Our Bodies Will Make Us 'More Than Human'
Coming innovations could enhance human capacity, such as by creating brain-to-brain communication, says a leading technologist.
Without technology, Michael Chorost wouldn't be able to hear a thing.
A technology theorist who went deaf in 2001, after a lifetime of hearing problems, Chorost now has a cochlear implant embedded in his brain, making him mostly man—but also a little bit computer.
Such technology-based human enhancements are the subject of Breakthrough: More Than Human, airing Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on the National Geographic Channel. The episode is directed and narrated by actor Paul Giamatti.
Chorost, author of World Wide Mind: The Coming Integration of Humanity, Machines, and the Internet, says that applying technology to humanity comes with drawbacks, but that we should be mostly optimistic about the sweeping changes ahead.
I’m skeptical of technology giving us enhanced