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C H A P T E R 1 Consuming Technologies Laura, a thirty-five-year-old woman, and her husband, Joe, had under- gone infertility treatment for several years.' Infertility problems had been identified in both. In vitro fertilization (IVF) was the last r e ~ o r t . ~ As Laura explained: We did the IVF. We went through the process. I responded quickly, so it went quicker than they expected. We went in and we were real up. About as up as you could be. It was what he [Joe] had to look for- ward to. And we were feeling real good about it. They got eighteen

2 Technology Perspective This session focused on technology for supercomputing—its current state, projections, limitations, and foreign dependencies. The viability of the U.S. semiconductor industry as a source of parts was considered. The possible roles of gallium arsenide, silicon, superconductive, and electro-optical technologies in supercomputers were discussed. Packaging, cooling, computer-aided design, and circuit simulation were also discussed. Session Chair Robert Cooper, Atlantic Aerospace Electronics Corporation Technology Perspective 35

C H A P T E R 9 Embodied Technology Leslie and Stan, who told their story o f undergoing IVF in an earlier chapter, describe how they envisioned as children the embryos that had just been implanted: STAN: Talking about naming the embryos, it was funny, we went on vacation to the mountains for five days, and dun'ng the time there we were planning to see if it worked or not, and all we could do was wait and hope. So we'd plcy games. And one evening laying on the bed, I had m:l head on her stomach, and I was talking to the embryos, cnd I said, " I f

- nology.”2 In a truly Wagnerian paradox, the new Ring cycle is being heralded as both inviolate and innovative, as completing an “authentic” vision with hyper- modern means. Th e gist is clear: the Met purports to show “the Ring that Wagner would have wanted all along” if only he had known the latest technologies that director Robert Lepage now introduces.3 Here, in twenty-fi rst-century New York, not in Wagner’s own theater in nineteenth-century Bayreuth, we are to experience the fullest realization of Wagner’s complex illusionist music drama. To be sure, much of

knowledge and its technological procedures and electronic programs a useful model for comparison. Huffine, Rizvic, and Suljetovic took part in several meetings, offering to share database technology developed in Bosnia for former Yugoslavia’s missing per- sons.3 Though the trip received little public attention, it was a proud moment for ICMP: its staff and its knowledge base had demonstrable Ch apter 8 Technology of Repair UC-Wagner2_ToPress.indd 245 7/24/2008 4:35:56 PM 246 Technology of Repair relevance beyond the borders of former Yugoslavia. Along with other

57 two Technology in Extremis What next, being alive when you’re dead, whatever next? Elias Canetti, Auto da Fé Do you ever think of yourself as actually dead, lying in a box with a lid on it? . . . It’s silly to be depressed by it. I mean one thinks of it like being alive in a box, one keeps forgetting to take into account the fact that one is dead . . . which should make a difference . . . shouldn’t it? I mean, you’d never know you were in a box, would you? It would be just like being asleep in a box. Not that I’d like to sleep in a box, mind you, not without

C h a p t e r 1 1 Reproductive Technologies On the Road to Designer Babies? Opinions of the U.S. public about reproductive technologies Treating infertility Monitoring assisted reproductive technology Diagnosis of genetic diseases in the embryo and fetus Designer babies 193 Humans have entered an era in which many infertile couples are able to have babies. Those at risk for genetic diseases can have normal offspring. And some think that humans are not that far away from a time when sci- entists will be able to improve upon the human species by expanding options

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