17 Feb We Have the Technology
We Have the Techology: How Biohackers, Foodies, Physicians, and Scientists are Transforming Human Perception, One Sense at a Time by Kara Platoni
Summary: How do we know what’s real? That’s not a trick question: sensory science is increasingly finding that we don’t perceive reality: we create it through perception. In We Have the Technology, science writer Kara Platoni guides us through the latest developments in the science of sensory perception.
We Have the Technology introduces us to researchers who are changing the way we experience the world, whether creating scents that stimulate the memories of Alzheimer’s patients, constructing virtual limbs that approximate a sense of touch, or building augmented reality labs that prepare soldiers for the battlefield. These diverse investigations not only explain previously elusive aspects of human experience, but offer tantalizing glimpses into a future when we can expand, control, and enhance our senses as never before.
A fascinating tour of human capability and scientific ingenuity, We Have the Technology offers essential insights into the nature and possibilities of human experience.
Angie’s comments: We Have the Technology had a confusing beginning, and it wasn’t until I got to the second chapter, which features smell, that I enjoyed the book. I am happy that I continued to read past the beginning, because I enjoyed many of the chapters in the middle. Platoni’s research into sensory perception demonstrates that reality and perception are very far apart.
Recommended for readers interested in anthropology and/or technology.