How to Put Your Brain on the Internet: Lessons from a Cyborg

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  • Date/Time:
    • Monday March 12, 2012
      1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • Location: UA Whitaker 1103
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  • URL: http://www.bme.gatech.edu
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Summary Sentence: A special NeuroEngineering lecture - Michael Chorost, PhD

Full Summary: How to Put Your Brain on the Internet:  Lessons from a Cyborg

A special NeuroEngineering lecture - Michael Chorost, PhD

Michael Chorost (pronounced like “chorus” with a T at the end) 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. The critics agreed; in 2006 Rebuilt won the PEN/USA Book Award for Creative Nonfiction. Shortly afterward it was reprinted in paperback under the new title Rebuilt: My Journey Back to the Hearing World.

Dr. Chorost earned his B.A. at Brown University and studied computer programming, Renaissance drama, and cultural theory on the way to his Ph.D. at UT-Austin. He doesn’t draw sharp lines between programming, science, writing, and art; to him, these are allprofoundly creative human endeavors. This freewheeling approach infuses his second book,World Wide Mind: The Coming Integration of Humanity, Machines, and the Internet. In this book he ups the ante, proposing that humanity can incorporate the computer into its collective soul in a way that enhances communities and creative work instead of diminishing them. 

After graduate school he worked briefly for Scient, a dot-com in San Francisco, and then spent 4 1/2 years doing research in education at SRI International in Menlo Park, California.

As a freelance science writer he has written for WiredThe Washington PostTechnology Review, and The Scientist, among others. He wrote the screenplay for a TV special on brain implants titled The 22nd Century, which aired on PBS in January 2007. He sits on external advisory boards for neuroscience research at Northwestern and Brown. He has given over 110 talks at institutions such as Google, MIT, Stanford, Brown, the Brookings Institute, and the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco. 

Dr. Chorost was born in New Jersey and has lived in North Carolina, Texas, and California. In 2008 he moved to Washington D.C., where he now lives with his wife and their three cats Harper, Posy, and Elvis. 

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Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience (IBB)

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How to Put Your Brain on the Internet Lessons from a Cyborg, Michael Chorost
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  • Created On: Feb 16, 2012 - 12:13pm
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