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Michael Chorost Speaker Profile

Leading Expert on Human / Machine Integration
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Michael Chorost Biography

Michael Chorost is a technology theorist with an unusual perspective: his body 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 book won the PEN/USA Book Award for Creative Nonfiction. Michael 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 profoundly creative human endeavors. This freewheeling approach infuses his second book World Wide Mind: The Coming Integration of Humanity Machines and the Internet. Michael wrote the screenplay for a TV special on brain implants titled which aired on PBS in 2007. He sits on external advisory boards for neuroscience research at Northwestern and Brown. He has given over 150 lectures at institutions such as Google MIT Stanford Brown the Brookings Institute and the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco.

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