This project examines the representation of technology anxiety human subjects feel when encountering artificial intelligences in four British and American SF novels: 1) Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? 2) Neuromancer 3) 2001: A Space Odyssey 4) The Cloud Atlas. While many critical investigations of these novels focus on the dangerous and negative implications of AIs, this work uses Martin Heidegger's later writings on technology to argue that AIs might be more usefully read as catalysts for human ontological realignment. Such a transformation leads technologically saturated humans away from an imperious ontology of “enframing” that Heidegger sees as the danger of modern technology and toward the saving power that changes the human posture with respect to beings from a colonial, domineering stance to a pious posture of abetting. I contend that it is not enough to simply read the danger AIs pose without seeing the salvation they also reveal.
|Commitee:||Briscoe, Robert, Hartley, George, Marciniak, Katarzyna, McLaughlin, Joseph|
|School Location:||United States -- Ohio|
|Source:||DAI-A 78/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Modern literature, American literature, British and Irish literature|
|Keywords:||AIs, Androids, Clarke, Arthur C., Dick, Philip K., Gibson, William, Heidegger, Martin, Mitchell, David, SF, Science fiction, Technology|
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