“Steve Mann is the perfect example of someone deemed to be on the lunatic fringe, but who persisted in his vision and ended up founding a new discipline.” -- Nicholas Negroponte, Media Lab Director, MIT
“Part culture-jammer, part mad scientist, part artist and all nerd, Mann can lay claim to several interesting firsts, which have resulted in several interesting ‘I told you so’ victories.” -- Toronto Star
“Mann’s work attracts attention. He is a cult figure among supergeeks and new-media artists alike. . . . His ideas couldn’t be more timely.” -- Ottawa Citizen
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cyborg, n. a person whose physiological functioning is aided by or dependent upon a mechanical or electronic device.
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Steve Mann is a cyborg. He sees the entire world, including himself, through a video lens. He can control what he sees, liberating his imaginative space from the visual stimuli -- billboards and flashing neon signs -- that threaten to overwhelm us. While recognizing the danger that human beings could be controlled by technology and the corporations that produce it for profit, Mann is also fascinated by the vast possibilities presented by the wearable computer.
In Cyborg, Mann articulates a vision for a future in which humanity is freer, safer, and smarter in ways most of us can only imagine. Part biography, part breath-taking manifesto, part startling look into the very near future, Cyborg is a powerful book that challenges preconceptions and invites readers to enter the mind of one of the most fascinating thinkers of our