The author describes his experiences as he loses his hearing while in his thirties and then receives a computer chip implant that allows him to regain that sense, all the while exploring the ethical and philosophical implications of becoming cybernetic. Reprint.
Born partly deaf after an outbreak of rubella between 1962 and 1965 wreaked havoc with his inner ear and those of thousands of other American babies, Michael Chorost experienced a total loss of hearing in the space of a few hours in 2001. Terrified, and unable to communicate meaningfully with the outside world, he embarked on a radical therapy to implant behind his ear a miniature computer that fed signals directly into his brain. Chorost's account of how this computerized implant restored his hearing is part memoir, part riveting depiction of the wonders of modern medical science, and partly an insightful meditation on just how closely the outside stimuli we experience with our five senses correspond to reality. Comparing himself with the bionically enhanced Steve Austin character of the SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN TV series, Chorost experiences frustration, depression, and finally wonder at the adaptability of his brain, which eventually learns to transform electronic data into recognizable sounds.
- Biography + Autobiography, Health + Wellness
- Hearing, Personal Memoirs
- April 19, 2006
- May 19, 2006
- Michael Chorost