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Technophobia! : Science Fiction Visions of Posthuman Technology [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview

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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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292758469
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 8/26/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

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

Introduction : dreams of techno-heaven, nightmares of techno-hell 1
1 Technology is God : machine transcendence 18
2 Haunted utopias : artificial humans and mad scientists 32
3 Cybernetic slaves : robotics 58
4 Machines out of control : artificial intelligence and androids 87
5 Rampaging cyborgs : bionics 115
6 Infinite cyberspace cages : the Internet and virtual reality 147
7 Engineered flesh : biotechnology 180
8 Malevolent molecular machines : nanotechnology 223
9 Technology is a virus : machine plague 246
10 Epilogue : technophobia 273
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2006

    Informative and Funny

    Technophobia! Science Fiction Visions of Posthuman Technology is scholarly but entertaining. It compares the utopian views of science with the dystopian views of science fiction - from Frankenstein to Battlestar Gallactica - covering books, films, games and televison. As a science fiction buff, I loved it and recommend it highly.

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