Imagining High-Tech Bodies: Science Fiction and the Ethics of Enhancement

TitleImagining High-Tech Bodies: Science Fiction and the Ethics of Enhancement
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsDelgado, A, Rommetveit, K, Barceló, M, Lemkow, L
JournalScience Communication
Date Published2012
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number15528545
Keywordsemerging , Enhancement , ethics , imaginaries , KETHANI , Literature , NEUROMANCER , PLAYER , PUBLIC , SCIENCE , technology , the
AbstractSeeking for broad and inclusive ways of framing ethical debates on emerging technologies, in this article the authors explore imaginaries of body enhancement as encompassed in the science fiction (sci-fi) literature. They provide in-depth descriptions of three sci-fi novels: Neuromancer, The Player of Games, and Kéthani. They explore how ethical concerns are framed within the imaginary world of these novels, emphasizing that this framing is usually ambivalent, embedded within lived narratives, as well as future and collectively oriented. Because they evoke shared imaginaries, sci-fi novels appear as useful to trigger debate on new technologies. [ABSTRACT FROM PUBLISHER]Copyright of Science Communication is the property of Sage Publications Inc. and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)
NotesDelgado, Ana 1 Rommetveit, Kjetil 2 Barceló, Miquel 3 Lemkow, Louis 3; Affiliation: 1: University of Bergen, Norway, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain 2: University of Bergen, Norway 3: Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain; Source Info: Jun2012, Vol. 34 Issue 2, p200; Subject Term: TECHNOLOGY -- Moral & ethical aspects; Subject Term: SCIENCE fiction; Subject Term: LITERATURE & morals; Author-Supplied Keyword: emerging technologies; Author-Supplied Keyword: enhancement; Author-Supplied Keyword: ethics; Author-Supplied Keyword: imaginaries; Author-Supplied Keyword: public debate; Author-Supplied Keyword: science fiction; Reviews & Products: NEUROMANCER (Book); Reviews & Products: PLAYER of Games, The (Book); Reviews & Products: KETHANI (Book); Number of Pages: 41p; Document Type: Article; Full Text Word Count: 12866