Hosting Consciousness: The Implications of Voice and Consciousness in Westworld

DSpace Repository

Hosting Consciousness: The Implications of Voice and Consciousness in Westworld

Details

Files for download
Icon
Overview of item record
Publication Bachelor thesis
Title Hosting Consciousness: The Implications of Voice and Consciousness in Westworld
Author Mauraisin, Grégoire
Date 2019
English abstract
In this paper, I take a look at the ontological status of Westworld as a TV show and of Westworld as a theme park and move within the show’s ontological frame to analysis the theme park as a narrative medium. From this perspective, I also consider the ontological status of the hosts and examine the implications of their being on their voice. I further analyze the role of voice in relation to consciousness portrayed in Westworld. First by addressing a notion of consciousness held by one of the creators of the park and then by referring to the philosophical debate surrounding the recognition of a conscious entity. This rise to consciousness serves as a basis for a re-inspection of the hosts voice, this time outside of the realm of narratology. Finally, I see how self-consciousness is at the origin of the war between hosts and humans. I then investigate the existential implications of the hosts newly gained consciousness and reflect on the possible future outcomes of machines becoming conscious.
Publisher Malmö universitet/Kultur och samhälle
Language eng (iso)
Subject Westworld
Consciousness
Ontology
Voice
Artificial Intelligence
Existentialism
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/28847 Permalink to this page
Link to publication in DiVA Find this research publication in DiVA (n/a for student publ.)
Facebook

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Details

Search


Browse

My Account

Statistics