To be a Machine
What does it mean to be human? Is death inevitable? Or will we be able to preserve some essence of ourselves after death, through technology? Mark O'Connell visits with businessmen, theorists, scientists, politicians, and varying thinkerers in the emerging field of transhumanism - trying to digitally outmaneuver death. There are people who think the best approach is freezing the dead so they can be cured when we have the technology to do so. There are people who think the best approach is digitally uploading the brain. There are people who think we should be replacing or enhancing our bodies gradually with bio-mechanic parts. There are people who think we should just speed up the scientific progress we're making as a species, so the life expectancy outpaces our own end dates. All are looking, in their various ways, for a techie solution to the age old problem of mortality.
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