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Technophobia! : Science Fiction Visions of Posthuman Technology
     

Technophobia! : Science Fiction Visions of Posthuman Technology

by Daniel Dinello
 

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Techno-heaven or techno-hell? If you believe many scientists working in the emerging fields of twenty-first-century technology, the future is blissfully bright. Initially, human bodies will be perfected through genetic manipulation and the fusion of human and machine; later, human beings will completely shed the shackles of pain, disease, and even death, as human

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Techno-heaven or techno-hell? If you believe many scientists working in the emerging fields of twenty-first-century technology, the future is blissfully bright. Initially, human bodies will be perfected through genetic manipulation and the fusion of human and machine; later, human beings will completely shed the shackles of pain, disease, and even death, as human minds are downloaded into death-free robots whereby they can live forever in a heavenly “posthuman” existence. In this techno-utopian future, humanity will be saved by the godlike power of technology. If you believe the authors of science fiction, however, posthuman evolution marks the beginning of the end of human freedom, values, and identity. Our dark future will be dominated by mad scientists, rampaging robots, killer clones, and uncontrollable viruses. In this timely new book, Daniel Dinello examines “the dramatic conflict between the techno-utopia promised by real-world scientists and the techno-dystopia predicted by science fiction.” Organized into chapters devoted to robotics, bionics, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, biotechnology, nanotechnology, and other significant scientific advancements, this book summarizes the current state of each technology, while presenting corresponding reactions in science fiction. Dinello draws on a rich range of material, including films, television, books, and computer games, and argues that science fiction functions as a valuable corrective to technological domination, countering techno-hype and reflecting the “weaponized, religiously rationalized, profit-fueled” motives of such science. By imaging a disastrous future of posthuman techno-totalitarianism, science fiction encourages us to construct ways to contain new technology, and asks its audience perhaps the most important question of the twenty-first century: is technology out of control?

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Publishers Weekly
Divided into chapters with titles like "Cybernetic Slaves: Robotics" and "Rampaging Cyborgs: Bionics," Daniel Dinello's Technophobia!: Science Fiction Visions of Posthuman Technology explores "the dramatic conflict between the techno-utopia promised by real-world scientists and the techno-dystopia predicted by science fiction." Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780292758469
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
08/26/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
5 MB

Meet the Author

DANIEL DINELLO is Professor of Film and Video at Columbia College in Chicago.

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