Michael Chorost

Michael Chorost (born 1964) is an American writer and teacher. Born with severe loss of hearing due to rubella, his hearing was partially restored with a cochlear implant in 2001. He subsequently wrote a memoir of the experience, titled Rebuilt: How Becoming Part Computer Made Me More Human (Houghton Mifflin, 2005). It also exists in a paperback version with a different subtitle, Rebuilt: My Journey Back to the Hearing World. In August 2006 Rebuilt won the PEN/USA Book Award for Creative Nonfiction.

His second book, World Wide Mind: The Coming Integration of Humanity, Machines, and the Internet, was published by Free Press on February 15, 2011.

Dr. Chorost has published in Wired, The Futurist, The Scientist, Technology Review, and SKY (Delta's inflight magazine). He co-wrote a PBS television show titled The 22nd Century which aired in January 2007.

Dr. Chorost is frequently interviewed as an authority on cochlear implants and neurally controlled prosthetics by national media such as PBS Newshour, the New York Times and The Economist.

Born in New Jersey and educated at Brown University and the University of Texas at Austin, he now lives in Washington, DC with his wife and three cats.

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