Michael Chorost: Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau

Michael Chorost

Cyborg Who Foresees the Future

Michael Chorost is a technology theorist with an unusual perspective: his body is the future. In 2001 he went completely deaf and had a computer implanted in his head to let him hear again. This transformative experience inspired his first book, Rebuilt: How Becoming Part Computer Made Me More Human. He wrote about how mastering his new ear, a cochlear implant, enabled him to enhance his creative potential as a human being.

Chorost’s intimate knowledge of technology and philosophy makes him an ideal speaker for addressing the biggest questions about how technology will change education, relationships, consumer society, and play in the coming decades.

When Chorost lost his hearing in one day, his body became a foreign country. All of the rules abruptly changed. As he rebuilt his life, he learned how to embrace new tools to make new rules, and better ones. That let him achieve things he had never even known were possible. In today’s economic times, the rules are abruptly changing for everyone. Making plans these days feels like building a house during a hurricane. Dr. Chorost speaks about critical strategies such as technology innovation, entrepreneurial thinking, smart risk-taking, honesty with oneself and others, and making creative use of the unexpected. He brings to bear his Ph.D. in educational technology, his burgeoning career writing about the smartest scientists and engineers in the world, and his own experience in having rebuilt his life not just once but several times.

Chorost discusses profound questions that are often asked in today’s technological age: What are computers doing to our bodies, our friendships, and our working lives? How do we live whole and full lives in a world saturated with technology?
Some of the questions that Chorost addresses in his talks include:

1. How will future technologies change the body? Implants and prosthetics are already changing the lives of people with disabilities; will they ever be useful for people without disabilities?
2. Is electronic communication alienating people from each other? How can people relate to each other more richly and productively in a technological age?
3. How do prosthetics and implants such as cochlear implants actually work? How are they integrated with the body? How do users adapt to such radical changes in the human sensorium?
4. What new technologies make it conceptually thinkable – not yet practicable, but thinkable – to create technologies that can know what a brain is perceiving, remembering, and feeling?
5. What philosophical and ethical frameworks are the most useful for thinking creatively about how society is changing in the 21st century?

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