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Our Grandchildren Redesigned by Michael Bess
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Sep 06, 2016 | ISBN 9780807066621

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“In the future, accelerating technology and unexpected, revolutionary events—most of which will never be predicted by futurists—may produce a society as alien as some of our tools. Bess delivers an insightful philosophical analysis of how we must adjust.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Rejuvenation therapies that could potentially extend human lifespans to 160 years or more, chemical or bioelectronic cognitive enhancement that could double or triple IQ scores, bioelectronic devices for modulating brain processes including ‘pleasure centers,’ so-called ‘designer babies,’ and much more are poised to cross the threshold from science fiction to reality in the near future. Michael Bess offers a sober prediction of how such advances will directly affect human society, and the ethical dilemmas that could result. Our Grandchildren Redesigned is fascinating from cover to cover and near-impossible to put down. Highly recommended!”
The Midwest Book Review

Table Of Contents

Welcome to the Future


One: Envisioning the Future: Between the Jetsons and the Singularity

Two: Pharmaceuticals

Three: Bioelectronics

Four: Genetics and Epigenetics

Five: Wild Cards: Nanotechnology, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Synthetic Biology


Six: Should We Reengineer the Human Condition?

Seven: Who Gets Enhanced?

Eight: A Fragmenting Species? Cultural Preferences Inscribed into Biology

Nine: If I Ran a Zoo: Adventures along the Plant-Animal-Human-Machine Borderlands


Ten: Mechanization of the Self

Eleven: Turbocharging Moral Character

Twelve: Shared Intimacies: Monitoring and Transmitting Mental Information

Thirteen: Virtual Reality and (Yawn) This Reality

Fourteen: Till Death Do Us No Longer Part: Implications of Extremely Long Healthy Spans

Fifteen: New Sounds for the Old Guitar: Sex, Food, Privacy, the Arts, Warfare


Sixteen: Why Extreme Modifications Should Be Postponed: Or, the Singularity Can Wait

Seventeen: Humane Values in a World of Moderate Enhancements

Eighteen: What You and I Can Do Today

Nineteen: Enhancing Humility: Some Concluding Thoughts

Selected Filmography

Selected Bibliography/Further Reading




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