Saturday, February 04, 2006

Rebuilt: How Becoming Part Computer Made Me More Human

This is an incredible book I bought a while ago and am just getting around to reading. The author, Michael Chorost, is an incredibly articulate and observant person who writes very clearly about his experience. He was born with a severe hearing loss and wore hearing aids until age 36--when he suddenly and inexplicable lost the rest of his hearing in a matter of hours. He was able to get a cochlear implant within a couple of months. He mixes in a lot of scientific background information in a readable style. He weaves it into his own experience of losing his biological hearing then slowly gaining a completely new cyborg sense of hearing.

Anyway, I'm glued to it, so I thought I would pass the title along. He has a website,, and wrote an article for "Wired" magazine. (There's a link on the website.) My surgery is 40 days from today, 2/3/06! Oh--and he has the same CI I plan to get!!


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