Essay Genie Human Living Mastery Quest Technology

The Techno-Human Condition

Reflections on science, technology, and what it means to be human today

Brad Allenby, Dan Sarewitz

Augmented Cognition: On Beyond Zebra, For Sure

What do you do when human cognition is inadequate for the complexity of the environment we have already created? You develop augmented cognition, where thinking arises as an emergent behavior of designed techno-human networks.

What Is To Be Done

The good news is that we currently have two different policy approaches - call them libertarian and theological - regarding human enhancement. The bad news is that they are oversimplistic and won't work.

The Techno-Human Condition

What is the psychology of an integrated techno-human cognitive network? And what effect does it have on you when you realize that's what you're turning into?

"A group of remarkably penetrating, frank, and expert scientists, techno-wizards, activists, and writers raise provocative questions about what is gained and what is lost in a world enthralled by technology in this wonderfully soulful forum on life in the 'Wired World.'"

"...with its balance, it is a welcome alternative to extremes such as the technophobia of McKibben's Enough and the Technophilia of Lee Silver's Remaking Eden."

"Living with the Genie is a smart, critical, and eloquent contribution to the great debate of our time: as science and technology acquire the power to redefine what it means to be human, who gets to control the power, and to what ends? Much of what passes for technology criticism these days boils down the little more than Luddism; Living with the Genie is the real thing: deeply informed, clear-eyed, and demanding of our full attention."
Michael Pollan, author of "The Botany of Desire"

"This book examines—with wit, imagination, and rigor—a great paradox of humanity's past and especially its future. From the first stone tools to tomorrow's molecular robots, technology has been at once our servant and our master. It has filled bellies but assaulted ecosystems, saved time but undermined community, cured disease but threatened apocalypse. Can't live with it, can't live without it, but this book will help you think afresh about technology, and act accordingly."
Mark Hertsgaard, author of "The Eagle's Shadow"

"The great question of this century may be whether we are still human beings when it ends. This book does a fine job of laying out some of the key battle lines—and it includes several truly essential essays that advance the cautionary case onto new ground."
Bill McKibben, author of "Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age"

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