In: World Literature Studies, vol. 13, no. 1
Year, pages: 2021, 31 - 42
Science-fiction literature. Isaac Asimov. Transhumanism. Big data analysis. Artificial intelligence. Superintelligence. Coexistence. Diversity. Biotechnology.
Article type: štúdie / articles
Document type: PDF
The prerequisites for transhumanist visions can be identified on anthropological, social, scientific, and technological levels. But one cannot neglect science-fiction literature, which provides transhumanism with inspiration and literary imagery. This article focuses on three selected motifs in the well-known Foundation series by Isaac Asimov, which discusses in relation to ideas of transhumanism. In the first part, the article highlights the visionary and subversive character of these works and seeks similar traits in transhumanism. The second part discusses big data analysis, which is an important component of literary storytelling and which fuels the development of artificial intelligence, which, according to transhumanists, will lead to the creation of superintelligence. The third motif is the confrontation with beings that possess superhuman abilities, something both Asimov’s work and transhumanist visions deal with and which opens up questions about coexistence with those who are unlike us. Literary and transhumanist visions have multiple parallels and encourage deeper social, ethical, and anthropological analyses of important topics.
How to cite:
Tomašovičová, J. 2021. Parallels between two worlds: Literary science-fiction imagery and transhumanist visions. In World Literature Studies, vol. 13, no.1, pp. 31-42. 1337-9275. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31577/WLS.2021.13.1.3
Tomašovičová, J. (2021). Parallels between two worlds: Literary science-fiction imagery and transhumanist visions. World Literature Studies, 13(1), 31-42. 1337-9275. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31577/WLS.2021.13.1.3
Publisher: Ústav svetovej literatúry SAV
Published: 31. 3. 2021