Michael Chorost is a nationally known authority on bionic bodies, transhumanism, and cybertheory. His memoir of going completely deaf and getting his hearing back with a cochlear implant, Rebuilt: How Becoming Part Computer Made Me More Human, was published in June 2005. The book ranges widely through biomedical engineering, computer science, science fiction, and literary theory to explore the idea of the ďcyborg,Ē the fusion of human and computer.
Chorostís memoir garnered strong reviews from national publications, such as the Los Angeles Times and The Village Voice, and he was named an editorís choice by the Readerís Digest. Chorost has appeared on national radio and television shows, such as National Public Radioís Weekend Edition and C-SPANís BookTV. He has written for Wired, The Week, and Sky. He is now working on a second book, tentatively entitled Love and Revolution, on the subject of love and desire in a postmodern, hypertechnological age.
Born with a severe hearing loss in 1964 due to an epidemic of rubella, Chorost did not learn to talk until he was fitted with hearing aids at the age of three and a half. He received a BA in English from Brown University in 1987 and completed a PhD in educational technology at the University of Texas at Austin in 2000. Between 1999 and 2004, he worked at dot-coms and research institutes as a technical writer. He taught academic writing at the University of San Francisco in 2005. Chorost now earns his living as a freelance writer, speaker, and consultant in San Francisco.