Book Discussion on Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age

Mr. McKibben discussed his book Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age, published by Henry Holt and Company. The book… read more

Mr. McKibben discussed his book Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age, published by Henry Holt and Company. The book addresses what the author feels are the dangers inherent in technological advances that have outpaced current understanding. While conceding that the new technologies can enhance lives, Mr. McKibben points out that they can also initiate a “post-human” existence. He cautions against wholesale acceptance of procedures that, for example, merge people with machines or that allow lab workers to reprogram human embryos to the specifications of their parents. He contends that such practices threaten the very definition of human. In the book, Mr. McKibben examines the new technologies and sciences such as genetics, robotics, and nanotechnology, and explains how we can avoid the worst case scenarios while still enjoying the benefits of progress. After his presentation the author answered questions from members of the audience. close

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Book Discussion on Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
May 24, 2003
Last Aired:
Aug 11, 2003

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  • May 24, 2003 | 6:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Jun 01, 2003 | 6:27am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Aug 11, 2003 | 1:32am EDT | C-SPAN 2
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