Michael Chorost (pronounced like "chorus" with a T at the end) is a freelance science writer and bathrobe philosopher. His first book, Rebuilt: How Becoming Part Computer Made Me More Human, won the PEN/USA Book Award for Creative Nonfiction in 2006. His second book, World Wide Mind: The Coming Integration of Humans, Machines, and the Internet was published in 2011. He has given hundreds of lectures and radio/TV interviews, and has written for Wired, The Futurist, New Scientist, Technology Review, and The Washington Post.
Chorost is entirely, refreshingly deaf. He was born with severe hearing losses in both ears due to an epidemic of rubella, and did not learn to talk until he got hearing aids at the age of three and a half. With those, he grew up speaking English more or less normally, and he got a BA in English from Brown University and a PhD in educational technology from the University of Texas at Austin.
On July 7, 2001, he lost his remaining hearing and got a cochlear implant shortly afterward. This experience was chronicled in Rebuilt. In 2008, he had the other ear implanted, so he is now doubly bionic. At CWA he carries a model of the internal part of a cochlear implant around with him, and you can look at it if you ask nicely. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Victoria and their two cats Harper and Posy.