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Upgrade Me: Our Amazing Journey to Human 2.0

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Biologically, human beings haven’t changed in 100,000 years – but thanks to our amazing brains we can upgrade ourselves to add capabilities that took other creatures millions of years to evolve. Thanks to this “unnatural” evolution we are already Human 2.0. In the effort to stay alive, reproduce and make more of brains, we have transformed ourselves. Now with a better unde ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 22nd 2008 by St. Martin's Press
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David Fuller
Aug 10, 2012 David Fuller rated it really liked it
For those worried about the future of mankind, U.K. author Brian Clegg has a simple message: We're already living it.

Clegg explores our species' evolution -- biological and otherwise -- in this intriguing new work of popular science.

Clegg specialized in experimental physics at Cambridge University, where he did his MA, and gained a second MA at Lancaster University in operational research. He's also the author of popular books on math and sciences such as A Brief History of Infinity, Light Years
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Ian C
Nov 19, 2010 Ian C rated it really liked it
I picked this up thinking it would be along the lines of an extended Wired article or an old-school Boing-Boing magazine piece. Something that just detailed current "legitimate" and underground research and products, etc. Instead I discovered a more "scholarly" work that early on informs the reader that he/she is already "Human 2.0", then goes on to detail just how We got to this point. Engaging and well written.

One issue I had with the author was that he viewed non-scientific things that stretc
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Dave Swavely
Oct 20, 2012 Dave Swavely rated it liked it
Read this as research for my upcoming novel Kaleidocide, which is the sequel to Silhouette: A Peacer Novel. I liked it, except for the author's apparently uncritical acceptance of naturalistic evolution...we weren't there, so none of us should be that dogmatic about the details of our origins.:)
David R.
Nov 21, 2013 David R. rated it it was ok
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There's not a whole lot here that really looks at where humans are going, evolutionally-speaking. Most of Clegg's ruminations concern developments that have already taken place in language, digital technology, medicine, etc. And what's left is rather unconvincing.
Kelly
Didn't grip me or do anything for me. No stars not because it's not good, but because I don't have grounds to rate it.
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Mar 07, 2011 Brendan McAuliffe rated it it was ok
90% of this is just a lot of technology related trivia ( interesting, but ... )
Ramona
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This is an excellent fact-finding-flip-through-randomly-enjoy book. No need to read it from front to back to find out interesting tid-bits about technology and evolution.
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tbd when I get to my laptop. I have summat to say.
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Brian's latest books, Ten Billion Tomorrows and How Many Moons does the Earth Have are now available to pre-order. He has written a range of other science titles, including the bestselling Inflight Science, The God Effect, Before the Big Bang, A Brief History of Infinity, Build Your Own Time Machine and Dice World.

Along with appearances at the Royal Institution in London he has spoken at venues fr
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