Rebuilt: My Journey Back to the Hearing World

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 232 pages
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After Michael Chorost suddenly lost what was left of his hearing, he took the radical step of having a cochlear implant -- a tiny computer -- installed in his head. A technological marvel, the device not only restored to him the world of sound but also could be routinely upgraded with new software. Despite his intitial fear of the technology's potentially dehumanizing effects, Chorost's implant allowed him to connect with others in surprising ways: as a cyborg, he learned about love, joined a writing group, and formed deeper friendships. More profoundly, his perception of the world around him was dramatically altered.

Brimming with insight and written with charm and self-deprecating humor, Rebuilt unveils, in personal terms, the astounding possibilities of a new technological age.
  

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Review: Rebuilt: How Becoming Part Computer Made Me More Human

User Review  - Kaylee Beauprez - Goodreads

I thought this book had great insight about what it is like to get a cochlear implant. the first three chapters were great, but he put too much emphasis on how a CI made him more like a cyborg... too it overboard Read full review

Review: Rebuilt: How Becoming Part Computer Made Me More Human

User Review  - Grace - Goodreads

This was one of the required texts for my disability studies course, and I actually really enjoyed it! Before this book I really had no idea what cochlear implants were or really anything about how we ... Read full review

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Contents

Broken
1
Surgery
23
Between Two Worlds
39
Activation
49
Forget About Reality
67
The Computer Reprograms Me
80
Upgrading
102
The Logic I Loved and Hated
117
A Kinship with the Humans
158
The Technologies of Human Potential
171
Mike 2 0
184
1113636 Bits per Second
199
Notes
209
Bibliography
217
Index
225
Copyright

A Kinship with the Machines
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About the author (2006)

Michael Chorost has a B.A. from Brown University and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. He lives in San Francisco, where he writes, teaches, and consults.

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