To Be a Machine by Mark O’Connell

This book is subtitled “Adventures among cyborgs, utopians, hackers, and the futurists solving the modest problem of death”. And that sums it up quite neatly. It is a piece of reportage about the techno-futurists who claim to believe that humankind and machines will become connected in a shift towards a new phase of evolution.

The writer is funny and human amongst all this. It is a really interesting book, which concludes with a sort of set piece description of a journey across America, which is funny and engaging. It also raises some very interesting questions about the similarities between the idea of techologically-facilitated longevity and religious beliefs about the immortality of the soul. A good book.


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