The author is Harry Parker, who suffered losing his legs when in the British Army because of an IED (improvised explosive device) in Afghanistan. And in the book he explores whether, to some extent, all humans are becoming hybrids – to what extant technology can address disability and the use of prosthetics.
The publishers, Profile Books, write:
“Is your mobile phone thinking for you? Do your rely more on Google than your own memory? Harry Parker’s life changed overnight, when he lost his legs to an IED in Afghanistan. That took him into an often surprising landscape of a very human kind of hacking, and he wondered, are all humans hybrids?”
“Whether it’s putting on contact lenses every day or DIY biohackers tinkering in garages, Parker introduces us to the exhilarating breadth of human invention – and intervention. Grappling with his own new identity and disability, he discovers the latest robotics, tech and implants that might lead us to powerful, liberating possibilities for what a body can be.”
Hybrid Humans details
Title: Hybrid Humans: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Man and Machine
Author: Harry Parker
Publisher: Profile Books