Representations of Otherness – How Literature Reflects Implications of Digitalization and Artificial Intelligence on Humaneness and Societies

Autor/innen

  • Nicole Brandstetter Hochschule München

Schlagworte:

Otherness, Artificial Intelligence, human-machine interaction, digitalization, self-optimization

Abstract

Fictional narratives concerning science and technology, and specifically science fiction
narratives, are centred upon questions of difference, alterity and Otherness. Though
not representing classical science fiction texts, the analyzed novels display a key role
attributed to technological advancement and thus incorporate and discuss that central
question of Otherness in external and internal representation. Firstly, Ian McEwan’s
novel Machines Like Me (2019) and Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel Klara and the Sun (2021)
superficially deal with human-machine interaction, but also more subtly mirror
humaneness in contrast to a perfectionist Machine Otherness that, in turn, questions
human morality. Secondly, Juli Zeh’s novel Leere Herzen (Empty Hearts) (2017) and
Julia von Lucadou’s novel Die Hochhausspringerin (The High Rise Diver) (2018)
subconsciously display the more disruptive influences of Artificial Intelligence on
societies. The conception of Otherness is thus not rooted in the opposition between
machines and human beings, but in a steady process of self-alienation.

Autor/innen-Biografie

Nicole Brandstetter, Hochschule München

Prof. Dr. an der Fakultät für Studium Generale und Interdisziplinäre Studien der Hochschule München

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Veröffentlicht

2022-05-29

Zitationsvorschlag

Brandstetter, N. (2022). Representations of Otherness – How Literature Reflects Implications of Digitalization and Artificial Intelligence on Humaneness and Societies. Interculture Journal: Online Zeitschrift für Interkulturelle Studien, 21(36), 35–48. Abgerufen von https://interculture-journal.de/index.php/icj/article/view/440