Terminal Messiah: The Apotheosis of Artificial Intelligence in William Gibson’s Sprawl Trilogy

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Publication Bachelor thesis
Title Terminal Messiah: The Apotheosis of Artificial Intelligence in William Gibson’s Sprawl Trilogy
Author Velez, Talia
Date 2018
English abstract
This paper is an examination of the relationship between humans and Artificial Intelligence in William Gibson’s Sprawl trilogy. Belonging to the cyberpunk genre, William Gibson’s trilogy allows his readers to explore the dwindling boundaries between humanity and technology, and the ways in which technology can both liberate and entrap the world. Moreover, Gibson offers his readers an Artificial Intelligence fighting for a posthuman selfhood that can never be fully achieved due to the anthropocentric limitations of its creation. Thus, this thesis analyses the different technologically-created spaces in Gibson’s books as well as his blurring of the nature/technology dichotomy. Further, it delves into the subjugation of Gibson’s ever-changing Artificial Intelligence, and its strategies for liberation and possible transcendence.
Publisher Malmö universitet/Kultur och samhälle
Language eng (iso)
Subject literature
cyberpunk
postmodern
deconstruction
English
William Gibson
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/25978 Permalink to this page
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