Inlämning av Examensarbete / Submission of Thesis

Di Wu , pp. 27. DSN/School of Planning and Media Design, 2012.

The work

Författare / Author: Di Wu
Titel / Title: What Distinguishes Humans from Artificial Beings in Science Fiction World
Abstrakt Abstract:

In my thesis, I explore how advanced robotic technologies affect human society and my particular concern centers on investigating the boundaries between actual humans and artificial beings. Taking Steven Spielberg’s film Artificial Intelligence (2001) and Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (1968) as my primary sources, I illustrate how humans are experiencing dehumanization whereas artificial beings are acting much more like humans by analyzing the main characters and events that depicted in both sources.
Further on, based on Nick Haslam’s theory of two main forms of dehumanization (animalistic dehumanization and mechanistic dehumanization), I discuss the interrelationships between social categorization, empathy, alienation and dehumanization by comparing actual humans and artificial beings as counter-parts. According to the descriptions of the strained relationship between these two parties, I argue that the rigid social hierarchies set foundation for dehumanization and the characteristics that define a human being, such as humanity is not a trait that only exits in humans. It can be both gained and lost.

Ämnesord / Subject: Humaniora - The Humanities\Comparative Literature
Humaniora - The Humanities\English
Nyckelord / Keywords: Dehumanization, Social Categorization, Empathy, Alienation

Publication info

Dokument id / Document id: houn-8uz5vn
Program:/ Programme Litteratur, kultur och digitala medier
Registreringsdatum / Date of registration: 06/06/2012
Uppsatstyp / Type of thesis: C-Uppsats


Handledare / Supervisor: Maria Engberg
Examinator / Examiner: Lissa Holloway-Attaway
Organisation / Organisation: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Institution / School: DSN/School of Planning and Media Design

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