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Cyborg: Digital destiny and human possibility in the age of the wearable computer : the fascinating and true story of an inventor, a visionary and the world's first cyborg Hardcover – Nov. 13 2001

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  • ISBN-10 : 0385658257
  • Hardcover : 304 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0385658256
  • Item Weight : 576 g
  • Dimensions : 15.24 x 2.54 x 22.86 cm
  • Publisher : Doubleday Canada; 1st Edition (Nov. 13 2001)
  • Language: : English
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“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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, n. a person whose physiological functioning is aided by or dependent upon a mechanical or electronic device.

Steve Mann is a cyborg, and the inventor of the wearable computer, called the WearComp. He sees the world as images imprinted onto his retina by rays of laser light. This allows him to transmit his viewpoint live to the Internet, block out billboards and other unwanted visual stimuli, and turn his world into a series of hyperlinks. Constantly connected to the WearComp system, Mann has all the capabilities of a standard office at his disposal, even as he utilizes shrinking technologies to turn himself into a portable movie studio. The first person to live in total constant intimate contact with the computer, Steve Mann exists at once in the real and virtual worlds, living an entirely videographic existence, seeing everything around him, including himself, through a wearable computer.

Over the past twenty years, Steve Mann has been his own human guinea pig, test

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