Michael Chorost

Nobel Conference 47 Preview Event

World Wide Mind: How to Connect Your Brain to the Internet (and Would You Want To)

This event was held on Friday, September 9, 2011. You are watching archived video from the lecture.

Michael Chorost, a technology theorist, speaks from an unusual perspective: his body is the future. Ten years ago, after he went completely deaf, he had a computer implanted in his head to let him hear again. This amazing experience inspired his first book, Rebuilt: How Becoming Part Computer Made Me More Human. He wrote about how mastering his new ear, a cochlear implant, enabled him to enhance his creative potential as a human being. With his intimate knowledge of technology and philosophy, Chorost proposes that humanity could incorporate the computer into its collective soul in a way that enhances communities and creative work in the coming decades. This Nobel Conference 47 Preview address is well-worth hearing!

Preview Event for Students

As in the past, the Nobel committee would like to preview the conference to students. This year, the Nobel committee would like to invite your students to a preview of the speakers and conference on Friday, September 23, at 2:30 pm in Alumni Hall. We envision this will be an opportunity to bring all of the students together to give them a sense of the excitement and grandeur of the conference. Since this is the time set aside by the College for colloquia, perhaps you might consider this in your syllabus and require your students to attend this event. However, if you still wish to have a member of the committee visit your class, we will try to accommodate your request. Please contact Chuck Niederriter.