Leading Expert on Human/Machine Integration
Michael Chorost is an up-and-coming technology theorist with an unusual perspective: 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 reach his full creative potential as a human being. The critics agreed; in 2006, Rebuilt won the PEN/USA Book Award for Creative Nonfiction. Read More >
How Computers Made Me More Human
"Mike exceeded our expectations in the quality of his lecture and in his willingness to accommodate a busy schedule filled with visits to classes, a lunch with students, a post-lecture student social, and a dinner with faculty. It is a tribute to Mike’s generous nature that before coming he specifically requested us to provide as many opportunities as possible for him to interact with students. Our students enjoyed those interactions with Mike whom they found personable, attentive and interested in what they had to say. They especially appreciated that he seemed comfortable in sating people’s curiosity about his cochlear implant, often by detaching it from his scalp for the inquisitor to handle and examine closely. We were awed that this technology made it possible for Mike to communicate so freely and effectively with us."
"It was enjoyable working with Mike on this endeavor. He responded quickly to our initial inquiry and I found it quite easy to work with him on all of the arrangements. I believe that he had a chance to meet with students from at least one course, as well as faculty from biology, psychology, computer science, and physics while he was on campus. And, I understand that those meetings went well. We would certainly invite Mike to return to campus for another talk or to work with our students, if the opportunity arises. And I would recommend him highly to any group interested in the connections between neuroscience and technology."
"Dr. Chorost spoke on topics from both of his books, Rebuild and World Wide Mind, and had his audience enthralled with complex information conveyed clearlt, personal and humorous anecdotes, and active engagement with his audience. He handled the question and answer session after his talk with equal aplomb and enthusiasm, and by the end of his talk, there were still many hands raised in the air for questions. Audience members stayed and kept him occupied for another 30 minutes or so after his talk and undoubtedly would have kept him longer had he not been whisked away to dinner by some faculty members! All in all, Dr. Chorost’s talk was deemed a tremendous success at Bard."
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