Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Book Review: I, Cyborg
Dr. Kevin Warwick is perhaps the most interesting person you will ever meet. In the truest sense of the words, Dr. Warwick has successfully integrated robotics and other physically enhancing technologies into both his life and his body. He has, indeed, become a cyborg, and he's not done yet!
"I, Cyborg" is a book that will capture your imagination from the first page and not let go until you sadly read the last paragraph. In the book, Dr. Warwick, a professor at the University of Reading, discusses experiments in cybernetics, brain enhancement, and life extension technology, some of which have had surprising results. You will be continually surprised at how relevant an extremely high tech book written in 2004 is to the science we're exploring today and you're sure to be left with wonder at how little progress we've actually made in life enhancement through technology over the last six years.
Overall, the book is really an exploration of Dr. Warwick's self-experimentation with crossroad detours into broader topics including bioethics and just how far we can push the human body through technology before we hit a virtual wall. The book definitely answers many questions, but, I think, raises just as many at the same time.
All-in-all, while I've just gotten deep within the book myself, I think it's a fantastic read and recommend it to you if you're even remotely interested in human technological enhancement.