Susan Hockfield – The Age of Living Machines


From the former president of MIT, the story of the next technology revolution and how it will change our lives.

A century ago, discoveries in physics came together with engineering to produce an array of astonishing new technologies: radios, telephones, televisions, aircraft, radar, nuclear power, computers, the internet, and a host of still-evolving digital tools. These technologies so radically reshaped our world that we can no longer conceive of life without them.

Today, the world’s population is projected to rise to well over 9.5 billion by 2050, and we are currently faced with the consequences of producing the energy that fuels, heats, and cools us. With temperatures and sea levels rising and large portions of the globe plagued with drought, famine, and drug-resistant diseases, we need new technologies to tackle these problems. But we are on the cusp of a new convergence, argues world-renowned neuroscientist Susan Hockfield, with discoveries in biology coming together with engineering to produce another array of almost inconceivable technologies – next-generation products that have the potential to be every bit as paradigm-shifting as the 20th century’s digital wonders.

The Age of Living Machines describes some of the most exciting new developments and the scientists and engineers who helped create them. Virus-built batteries. Protein-based water filters. Cancer-detecting nanoparticles. Mind-reading bionic limbs. Computer-engineered crops. Together they highlight the promise of the technology revolution of the 21st century to overcome some of the greatest humanitarian, medical, and environmental challenges of our time.

Author: Susan Hockfield
Narrator: Andrea Gallo
Duration: 6 hours 35 minutes
Released: 19 Jul 2005
Publisher: Recorded Books
Language: English

User Review:

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I had been aware of all the innovations discussed in the book but liked that author presented the process of each, past present and potential future. Especially liked her summary for the future – hope that solutions to problems that effect us all can be solved, caution about lack of government funding and the current strangle hold on immigration which are already having a negative impact on our future as a nation of leaders and innovators.

I disliked the narration, slow and annoying, I almost quit the book until I increased the speed to 1.25 (which I have never done before). Despite loss of normal intonation it allowed me to bear through the audio.