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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.

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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

Speaking Topics
  • 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.

  • 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.

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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    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Michael Chorost for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent 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. Fill out the booking request form 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.
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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.

Michael Chorost Videos

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

Michael Chorost Books

Michael Chorost Speaking Topics

  • 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.

  • 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.

FAQs on booking Michael Chorost

  • How to book Michael Chorost?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Michael Chorost for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form 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 pricing information and check availability for Michael Chorost or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Michael Chorost?

    Booking fees for Michael Chorost, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Michael Chorost, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Michael Chorost?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Michael Chorost for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent 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. Fill out the booking request form 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 talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Michael Chorost or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Michael Chorost or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Michael Chorost is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Michael Chorost for your event is available upon request. 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 Dr. Hugh Herr, John Zogby, Thomas Perls, Tess Gerritsen and Dr. Gregory Stock. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Michael Chorost for an upcoming event.

Michael Chorost Speaker Videos

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

Michael Chorost Speaking Topics

  • 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.

  • 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.

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.

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