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Michael Chorost

Leading Expert on Human/Machine Integration

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Michael Chorost Biography

Michael Chorost is an up-and-coming technology theorist with an unusual perspective: in 2001 he went completely deaf and had a computer implanted in his head to let him hear again. This transformative 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 reach his full creative potential as a human being. The critics agreed; in 2006, Rebuilt won the PEN/USA Book Award for Creative Nonfiction.

When Chorost went deaf he was already well-prepared to write a book about the experience. He earned his BA at Brown University and studied computer programming, Renaissance literature, and cultural theory on the way to his PhD. He doesn't draw sharp lines between programming, science, writing, and art; to him, these are all profoundly creative human endeavors. This freewheeling approach infuses his forthcoming book, World Wide Mind: The Coming Integration of Humans and Machines. In this book he ups the ante, proposing that humanity can incorporate the computer into its collective soul in a way that enhances communities and creative work instead of diminishing them.

Dr. Chorost has written for Wired, The Washington Post, Technology Review, and The Scientist, among others. He wrote the screenplay for a TV special on brain implants titled The 22nd Century, which aired on PBS in January 2007. He sits on external advisory boards for neuroscience research at Northwestern and Brown.

He has been interviewed by numerous periodicals including The New York Times, The Independent, and SonntagZeitung, and has been a guest on NPR shows including "Weekend Edition" and Michael Krasny's "Forum." He has given over 80 talks at institutions such as Google, MIT, Stanford, Brown, Duke, and the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco. He has also appeared on the television shows BBC Breakfast TV, Eyewitness News, and C-SPAN's BookTV.

Dr. Chorost's superb speaking skills have been honed by 15 years of teaching at Duke, the University of Texas-Austin, and the University of San Francisco. Students have often rated him as being the best teacher of their undergraduate career. His speaking style is thoughtful, engaging, and wryly funny. Despite his total deafness, his cochlear implants let him use the phone easily and take questions from audiences with skill and flair.

Speaking Topics
  • New Bodies, New Lives

    Medical technology is creating radically new opportunities for people to rebuild their bodies and their lives. Cochlear implants like Dr. Chorost's are enabling totally deaf people to hear again, opening up the possibility of new relationships and new careers. Nascent technologies like retinal implants, smart prosthetics, and brain stimulators are enabling many people to see, walk, and communicate in new ways.

    Rarely, however, do the recipients simply go back to having the same lives they had before. The process of reworking one's body can be spiritual in its intensity, leading the users to question old assumptions and habits – and to change them. Dr. Chorost talks about the cutting edge in new technologies of the body and how they evoke the human traits of resiliency, flexibility, and courage. With creative use of audio and video, he gives audiences a sense of what he himself hears, giving a glimpse of what the transformative process feels like from within.

  • Transformation: When The Only Way Out Is Through

    When Dr. Chorost lost his hearing in one day, his body became a foreign country. All of the rules abruptly changed. As he rebuilt his life, he learned how to embrace new tools to make new rules, and better ones. That let him achieve things he had never even known were possible.

    In today's economic times, the rules are abruptly changing for everyone. Making plans these days feels like building a house during a hurricane. Dr. Chorost speaks about critical strategies such as technology innovation, entrepreneurial thinking, smart risk-taking, honesty with oneself and others, and making creative use of the unexpected. He brings to bear his Ph.D. in educational technology, his burgeoning career writing about the smartest scientists and engineers in the world, and his own experience in having rebuilt his life not just once but several times.

Videos
Books
Rebuilt. Come sono diventato un cyborg

Rebuilt. Come sono diventato un cyborg

World Wide Mind: The Coming Integration of Humanity, Machines, and the Internet

World Wide Mind: The Coming Integration of Humanity, Machines, and the Internet

Rebuilt: My Journey Back to the Hearing World [Paperback]

Rebuilt: My Journey Back to the Hearing World [Paperback]

Rebuilt: How Becoming Part Computer Made Me More Human

Rebuilt: How Becoming Part Computer Made Me More Human

News
  • Michael Chorost to Speak Sept. 9

    As a pre-cursor to this year’s Nobel Conference (“The Brain and Being Human”), conference organizers and the Neuroscience Program at Gustavus have invited technology theorist Michael Chorost to speak at the College on Friday, Sept. 9...

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  • How do I book Michael Chorost to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Michael Chorost for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Michael Chorost, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Michael Chorost or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Michael Chorost

    Speaking fees for Michael Chorost, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Michael Chorost are $20,000 - $30,000 for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Michael Chorost, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Michael Chorost speak about?

    Michael Chorost is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Authors, Disability, Diversity Speakers, Health and Wellness, Literary, Science and Technology, Technology Speakers.
  • Where does Michael Chorost travel from?

    Michael Chorost generally travels from Washington, DC, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Michael Chorost’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Michael Chorost for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Michael Chorost for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Michael Chorost or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.
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Michael Chorost Biography

Michael Chorost is an up-and-coming technology theorist with an unusual perspective: in 2001 he went completely deaf and had a computer implanted in his head to let him hear again. This transformative 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 reach his full creative potential as a human being. The critics agreed; in 2006, Rebuilt won the PEN/USA Book Award for Creative Nonfiction.

When Chorost went deaf he was already well-prepared to write a book about the experience. He earned his BA at Brown University and studied computer programming, Renaissance literature, and cultural theory on the way to his PhD. He doesn't draw sharp lines between programming, science, writing, and art; to him, these are all profoundly creative human endeavors. This freewheeling approach infuses his forthcoming book, World Wide Mind: The Coming Integration of Humans and Machines. In this book he ups the ante, proposing that humanity can incorporate the computer into its collective soul in a way that enhances communities and creative work instead of diminishing them.

Dr. Chorost has written for Wired, The Washington Post, Technology Review, and The Scientist, among others. He wrote the screenplay for a TV special on brain implants titled The 22nd Century, which aired on PBS in January 2007. He sits on external advisory boards for neuroscience research at Northwestern and Brown.

He has been interviewed by numerous periodicals including The New York Times, The Independent, and SonntagZeitung, and has been a guest on NPR shows including "Weekend Edition" and Michael Krasny's "Forum." He has given over 80 talks at institutions such as Google, MIT, Stanford, Brown, Duke, and the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco. He has also appeared on the television shows BBC Breakfast TV, Eyewitness News, and C-SPAN's BookTV.

Dr. Chorost's superb speaking skills have been honed by 15 years of teaching at Duke, the University of Texas-Austin, and the University of San Francisco. Students have often rated him as being the best teacher of their undergraduate career. His speaking style is thoughtful, engaging, and wryly funny. Despite his total deafness, his cochlear implants let him use the phone easily and take questions from audiences with skill and flair.

Michael Chorost Speaking Topics

  • New Bodies, New Lives

    Medical technology is creating radically new opportunities for people to rebuild their bodies and their lives. Cochlear implants like Dr. Chorost's are enabling totally deaf people to hear again, opening up the possibility of new relationships and new careers. Nascent technologies like retinal implants, smart prosthetics, and brain stimulators are enabling many people to see, walk, and communicate in new ways.

    Rarely, however, do the recipients simply go back to having the same lives they had before. The process of reworking one's body can be spiritual in its intensity, leading the users to question old assumptions and habits – and to change them. Dr. Chorost talks about the cutting edge in new technologies of the body and how they evoke the human traits of resiliency, flexibility, and courage. With creative use of audio and video, he gives audiences a sense of what he himself hears, giving a glimpse of what the transformative process feels like from within.

  • Transformation: When The Only Way Out Is Through

    When Dr. Chorost lost his hearing in one day, his body became a foreign country. All of the rules abruptly changed. As he rebuilt his life, he learned how to embrace new tools to make new rules, and better ones. That let him achieve things he had never even known were possible.

    In today's economic times, the rules are abruptly changing for everyone. Making plans these days feels like building a house during a hurricane. Dr. Chorost speaks about critical strategies such as technology innovation, entrepreneurial thinking, smart risk-taking, honesty with oneself and others, and making creative use of the unexpected. He brings to bear his Ph.D. in educational technology, his burgeoning career writing about the smartest scientists and engineers in the world, and his own experience in having rebuilt his life not just once but several times.

Michael Chorost Videos

  • Michael Chorost explores the WORLD WIDE MIND - YouTube
  • Michael Chorost - YouTube

Michael Chorost Books

FAQs on booking Michael Chorost

  • How do I book Michael Chorost to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Michael Chorost for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Michael Chorost, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Michael Chorost or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Michael Chorost

    Speaking fees for Michael Chorost, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Michael Chorost are $20,000 - $30,000 for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Michael Chorost, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Michael Chorost speak about?

    Michael Chorost is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Authors, Disability, Diversity Speakers, Health and Wellness, Literary, Science and Technology, Technology Speakers.
  • Where does Michael Chorost travel from?

    Michael Chorost generally travels from Washington, DC, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Michael Chorost’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Michael Chorost for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Michael Chorost for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Michael Chorost or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Michael Chorost is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as New Bodies, New Lives and Transformation: When The Only Way Out Is Through. The estimated speaking fee range to book Michael Chorost for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Michael Chorost generally travels from Washington, DC, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are John Zogby, Grant Korgan, Montel Williams, Michael Patrick MacDonald and Daymond John. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Michael Chorost for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Michael Chorost Speaking Topics

  • New Bodies, New Lives

    Medical technology is creating radically new opportunities for people to rebuild their bodies and their lives. Cochlear implants like Dr. Chorost's are enabling totally deaf people to hear again, opening up the possibility of new relationships and new careers. Nascent technologies like retinal implants, smart prosthetics, and brain stimulators are enabling many people to see, walk, and communicate in new ways.

    Rarely, however, do the recipients simply go back to having the same lives they had before. The process of reworking one's body can be spiritual in its intensity, leading the users to question old assumptions and habits – and to change them. Dr. Chorost talks about the cutting edge in new technologies of the body and how they evoke the human traits of resiliency, flexibility, and courage. With creative use of audio and video, he gives audiences a sense of what he himself hears, giving a glimpse of what the transformative process feels like from within.

  • Transformation: When The Only Way Out Is Through

    When Dr. Chorost lost his hearing in one day, his body became a foreign country. All of the rules abruptly changed. As he rebuilt his life, he learned how to embrace new tools to make new rules, and better ones. That let him achieve things he had never even known were possible.

    In today's economic times, the rules are abruptly changing for everyone. Making plans these days feels like building a house during a hurricane. Dr. Chorost speaks about critical strategies such as technology innovation, entrepreneurial thinking, smart risk-taking, honesty with oneself and others, and making creative use of the unexpected. He brings to bear his Ph.D. in educational technology, his burgeoning career writing about the smartest scientists and engineers in the world, and his own experience in having rebuilt his life not just once but several times.

Michael Chorost Speaker Videos

  • Michael Chorost explores the WORLD WIDE MIND - YouTube
    Michael Chorost - YouTube

Michael Chorost News

  • Michael Chorost to Speak Sept. 9

    As a pre-cursor to this year’s Nobel Conference (“The Brain and Being Human”), conference organizers and the Neuroscience Program at Gustavus have invited technology theorist Michael Chorost to speak at the College on Friday, Sept. 9...

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent and wish to request a profile update or removal from our online directory, please submit a profile request form.

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