Rebuilt: My Journey Back to the Hearing World

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 19, 2006 - Science - 240 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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Contents

1 Broken
1
2 Surgery
23
3 Between Two Worlds
39
4 Activation
49
5 Forget About Reality
67
6 The Computer Reprograms Me
80
7 Upgrading
102
8 The Logic I Loved and Hated
117
12 Mike 20
184
Back Matter
197
1113636 Bits per Second
199
Notes
209
Bibliography
217
Acknowledgments
222
Index
225
Back Flap
233

9 A Kinship with the Machines
145
10 A Kinship with the Humans
158
11 The Technologies of Human Potential
171
Back Cover
234
Spine
235
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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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