To Be a Machine - With Mark O'Connell

Friday 26 May
Literature Tent, Chapelfield Gardens
6 - 7pm
£8 / £80 weekend ticket

Can technology solve the modest problem of death? Journalist Mark O’Connell has met the visionaries, billionaires, professors, and programmers who are using ground-breaking technology to push the limits of the human body – our senses, intelligence, and our lifespans. Follow him on his journey through transhumanism, a burgeoning movement which investigates the staggering possibility of mind uploading, artificial superintelligence, cryonics, device implants and much more.

To Be a Machine is a powerful exploration of the outer limits of technology, which offers a surprising, singular meditation on what it means to be human.

‘Elegant and gripping’ – Olivia Laing

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About Mark O'Connell

Mark O’Connell is Slate’s books columnist, a staff writer at The Millions, and a regular contributor to The New Yorker’s ”Page-Turner” blog; his work has been published in The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The Observer, and The Independent.

Find out more about To Be a Machine

'A captivating exploration of transhumanism' - To Be a Machine review (The Guardian, 2016)

To Be a Machine (Summary) (Granta, 2016)

'600 Miles in a Coffin-Shaped Bus, Campaigning Against Death Itself' (NY Times, 2016)