Michael Bess is the Chancellor's Professor of History at Vanderbilt University. He has received major fellowships from the J. S. Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Human Genome Research Institute, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Fulbright program. His previous books include Choices Under Fire and The Light-Green Society.
"In the future, accelerating technology and unexpected,
revolutionary events--most of which will never be predicted by
futurists--may produce a society as alien as some of our tools.
Bess delivers an insightful philosophical analysis of how we must
"Rejuvenation therapies that could potentially extend human
lifespans to 160 years or more, chemical or bioelectronic cognitive
enhancement that could double or triple IQ scores, bioelectronic
devices for modulating brain processes including 'pleasure centers,
' so-called 'designer babies, ' and much more are poised to cross
the threshold from science fiction to reality in the near future.
Michael Bess offers a sober prediction of how such advances will
directly affect human society, and the ethical dilemmas that could
result. Our Grandchildren Redesigned is fascinating from
cover to cover and near-impossible to put down. Highly
--The Midwest Book Review