Michael Chorost

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Michael Chorost
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In June 2014, at the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress
Born December 26, 1964
Elizabeth, New Jersey
Occupation Writer
Known for book author, essayist, and public speaker
Notable work World Wide Mind: The Coming Integration of Humanity, Machines, and the Internet
Website michaelchorost.com

Michael Chorost (born December 26, 1964) is an American book author, essayist, and public speaker. Born with severe loss of hearing due to rubella, his hearing was partially restored with a cochlear implant in 2001 and he had his other ear implanted in 2007.

He wrote a memoir of the experience, titled Rebuilt: How Becoming Part Computer Made Me More Human (Houghton Mifflin, 2005, ISBN 0-61-837829-4). Its paperback version has a different subtitle, Rebuilt: My Journey Back to the Hearing World, ISBN 0-61-871760-9. 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, ISBN 1-43-911914-7, was published by Free Press on February 15, 2011.

Dr. Chorost has published in Wired, New Scientist, Astronomy Now, The Futurist, The Scientist, Technology Review, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and SKY. He co-wrote a PBS television show titled The 22nd Century which aired in January 2007. He was a member of the San Francisco Writers Workshop.

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.

He lectures frequently at universities, conferences, corporations, and organizations for the deaf.[1]

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 two cats.[2]


  1. ^ "Michael Chorost". Michael Chorost. Archived from the original on 2012-05-20. Retrieved 2013-03-07. 
  2. ^ "Michael Chorost". Michael Chorost. Archived from the original on 2012-03-07. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 

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