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By Stuart Sim

For Jean-Francois Lyotard, the cyborg is an emblem of worry, Mankind already inhabits an international which perspectives computing device implantation in people as common and important. It implies a destiny, Lyotard warns, that could dangerously negate the worth of humanity itself.

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64 Certainly, the Enlightenment project and 59 LY0TARD AND THE INHUMAN modernity have been heavily male-dominated phenomena, as has, in general, the world of techno-science (while there have been individual exceptions to this rule, the overall ethos of the latter field is undeniably masculine). Once again, as with postmodernism, it is a case of the negative aspects of humanism being emphasised and taken to define the whole, as if humanism in essence were authoritarian in bias - and in particular in this case, masculine authoritarian.

One can certainly challenge this, while nevertheless appreciating the depth of the frustration on the female side that has led to such attitudes being adopted. The Inhuman as Narrative: William Gibson As one of its early reviewers proclaimed, William Gibson's novel Neuromancer (1984, original American edition), 'the future as nightmare', is a striking attempt to explore what it might be like for humans to enter into cyber60 T H E I N H U M A N AS NARRATIVE space and tackle AI in its own domain and on its own terms.

Once again, as with postmodernism, it is a case of the negative aspects of humanism being emphasised and taken to define the whole, as if humanism in essence were authoritarian in bias - and in particular in this case, masculine authoritarian. One can certainly challenge this, while nevertheless appreciating the depth of the frustration on the female side that has led to such attitudes being adopted. The Inhuman as Narrative: William Gibson As one of its early reviewers proclaimed, William Gibson's novel Neuromancer (1984, original American edition), 'the future as nightmare', is a striking attempt to explore what it might be like for humans to enter into cyber60 T H E I N H U M A N AS NARRATIVE space and tackle AI in its own domain and on its own terms.

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