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To be a Machine: Adventures Among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers, and the Futurists Solving the Modest Problem of Death (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 30 mar 2017


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'This Homer's Odyssey for the digital age spirits the reader through some of the most lurid reaches of technomania... This is a gentle, humorous and lovingly written book that is the best on its subject since Ed Regis's forgotten 1990 masterpiece Great Mambo Chicken and the Transhumanism Condition... A diverting anthropological study' -- The Times

'[O'Connell] dissects the practises and beliefs of transhumanism with extraordinary exuberance and wit... To Be a Machine is sometimes hilarious [...] but ever as O'Connell mocks the more absurd manifestations of transhumanism he shows sympathy and understanding for its adherents' -- Financial Times

'[A] beautifully written book... lucid, brilliant and mordant... O'Connell is a very, very funny writer and he inserts himself Ronson-like into a series of absurd, ironic and alarming situations... By exposing the ludicrous yet terrifying serious ideologies behind transhumanism, To Be a Machine is an important book, as well as a seriously funny one' -- Sunday Times

'[A] travelogue-style exploration of transhumanism... To Be a Machine [...] is a conversational, approachable book... It's O'Connell's lack of stridency, as well as his often splendid writing, that makes him such a companionable guide' -- Guardian

'A really good book - very funny and well written... does a good job of exploring the motivations [of transhumanists]... Fascinating' -- BBC World Service, Click

'Mark O'Connell [is] a writer with quite a way with words... he reports with a fluency and humour any novelist might envy... O'Connell, while meeting people as nutty as any encountered by Jon Ronson, never just plays it for laughs. Instead of ridiculing transhumanism as a parody of religion, he allows that it comes from the same perplexities, hopes and fears... A gem of a book' -- Evening Standard

'O'Connell is an efficient host and curator, packing so much into a slim book that you might suspect some supernatural technology to be at work. This makes To Be a Machine essential reading on a subject you didn't know you needed to be worried about' -- Irish Times

'Engaging and at times very funny... O'Connell perceptively observes how transhumanism fits with Silicon Valley's worldview. Vivid, memorable, [...] and entertaining' --New Statesman

'Bracingly intelligent debonair</n>... One of the joys of this book is O'Connell's near-faultless handling of tone, which ranges from thepedantic to Amis-esque saltiness via DeLillo-esque pastiche... O'Connell excels at the tricky task of painting his subjects vividly while treating them fairly... By the end of the To Be a Machine I was still as convinced as when I began that I do not want to live out my days on a hard drive, but glad to have clarified exactly why I don't' -- Literary Review

'O'Connell's forensic investigation of the unnervingly fluid border between the human and the machine is elegant and gripping: at once a hilarious anthropological survey of the people who believe technology will give us eternal life and a terrifying account of how technology is changing the cardinal features of human existence' --Olivia Laing

'O'Connell dissects the practices of transhumanism, the belief that humanity should use technology to evolve beyond its current limitations with wit and exuberance' -- Best Summer Books, Financial Times

'A bravura inspection of the alarming world of the bio-hackers, cryogenicists and scientists who think we can use technology to escape our bodies and become immortal' -- Best Summer Books, Sunday Times

'Mark O'Connell brilliantly explores the growing number of people who want to transcend their 'mortal flesh'... wonderful' -- Financial times

'A wryly melancholy version of gonzo narrative nonfiction... think a more overtly erudite version of Jon Ronson [...] and often disarmingly funny' -- Spectator

'Riveting, fascinating, comic and appalling... O'Connell is a charming guide on this tour through what may be the future of humanity, charming and perceptive... Read this disturbing, yet highly enjoyable, book. It will make you wonder what sort of world your children and grandchildren will inhabit' -- Scotsman

'[To Be a Machine] makes for as many laughs as genuine pauses for thought' -- Big Issue

'O'Connell voyages engagingly into cryonics, brain uploading, artificial superintelligence, four-digit lifespans, as he [...] reflects on the inherently finite nature of human existence. Provocative, funny and not a little gonzo, it's a great one to recommend to devotees of Jon Ronson' -- Bookseller

'Highly accessible... O'Connell mixes profundity with entertainment in a readable style' -- Daily Express

'A brilliant book about humanity's quest for technological immortality [which] gets you rooting for the grim reaper... If the subject is inherently complex [...] [O'Connell] makes light work explaining it. He's also funny... Beneath it all, and what makes To Be a Machine such fascinating reading, is the interplay between urges that are at once incredibly forward-looking and undeniably primal' --Esquire

'A beautiful picture of a dazzling, dangerous thing... To Be a Machine is more poetic than polemic, and all the more powerful for it' -- New Humanist

'Staggeringly funny' -- New Scientist

'[A] brilliant work of non-fiction [...] To Be a Machine is an intriguing investigation into what it means to be a human being' -- Sunday Independent

'A captivating work of investigative journalism, Louis Theroux-like in its delivery and very thought provoking' -- How it Works Magazine

'If you're a fan of Jon Ronson and Don DeLillo, look no further: in To Be a Machine, Irish author Mark O'Connell traces his journey into a surreal cultish society of men who believe we will one day gain immortality and merge our minds with machines... A cerebral, witty joy' -- Sunday Business Post

'A voyage into the dark heart of transhumanism, where dwell many hopeful mind-uploaders, robo-warfighters, subdermal implanters, doomed immortalists, and sundry ageing Singularitarians. A funny, wise, and oddly moving book' -- Nicholson Baker

'Full of sharp, funny insights into the human in transhumanism: whatever we may become, we haven't yet escaped what we are. This terrific book is as fascinating on how we live now as it is about our possible future' -- Richard Beard

'In this hilarious and moving volume, Mark O'Connell interweaves his journalistic adventures among the transhumanists with his own thoughts about mortality and life experiences, starting with the birth of his son and ending, memorably, with a colonoscopy. The field of transhumanism and the individuals who populate it emerge as at once bizarre, compelling, and, ironically, deeply human, because what is more human than trying to overcome the limits of our bodies and mortality? Nothing! It's super-detailed and cosmic and minute and high-stakes and sad, all at the same time' --Elif Batuman

L'autore

Mark O'Connell is a journalist, essayist, and literary critic from Dublin. He is a books columnist for Slate, a staff writer at The Millions, and a regular contributor to the New Yorker's 'Page-Turner' blog and the Dublin Review; his work has been published in the New York Times Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, and the Observer.

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Dettagli prodotto

  • Copertina flessibile: 256 pagine
  • Editore: Granta (30 marzo 2017)
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ISBN-10: 1783781963
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783781966
  • Peso di spedizione: 272 g
  • Media recensioni: Recensisci per primo questo articolo
  • Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: n. 151.853 in Libri in altre lingue (Visualizza i Top 100 nella categoria Libri in altre lingue)
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