We Have the Technology

We Have the Technology

How Biohackers, Foodies, Physicians, and Scientists Are Transforming Human Perception, One Sense at A Time

Book - 2015
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An award-winning journalist investigates how scientists and citizens around the world are re-tooling our senses-and what their discoveries are teaching us about the nature and future of human perception
How do we know what's real? That's not a trick question: sensory science is increasingly finding that we don't perceive reality: we create it through perception. In We Have the Technology , science writer Kara Platoni guides us through the latest developments in the science of sensory perception.

We Have the Technology introduces us to researchers who are changing the way we experience the world, whether creating scents that stimulate the memories of Alzheimer's patients, constructing virtual limbs that approximate a sense of touch, or building augmented reality labs that prepare soldiers for the battlefield. These diverse investigations not only explain previously elusive aspects of human experience, but offer tantalizing glimpses into a future when we can expand, control, and enhance our senses as never before.

A fascinating tour of human capability and scientific ingenuity, We Have the Technology offers essential insights into the nature and possibilities of human experience.
Publisher: New York :, Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780465089970
Branch Call Number: 612.8 Pla
Characteristics: xxi, 274 pages ; 24 cm


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Apr 22, 2016

The cover and the publisher's description are a little strange, but the Critics Opinions are a much better indicator of the content of the book. I learned about our senses and how entangled they are with our perceptions, how virtual reality might be used to change our view of global warming by having the viewer experience the death of a coral reef, and how scientists are beginning to give disabled people a fraction of their lost senses or limbs. Since reading this, I have begun to notice frequent articles in the newspaper about new developments in these areas. Platoni is a writer who can make difficult concepts understandable, and she really opened my eyes to a future of broadened capabilities and possibilities.

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