Negative uses and effects of Technology in Neuromancer in connection to Avatar and Modern Cyber-warfare articles

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Technology has undergone a revolution which made humans lives simpler and added many benefits to the world. Everyday, technology is constantly being improved and there are new inventions developed to run million-dollar businesses. However, technology can be considered a two-sided blade as it can be used for legitimate purposes as well as for wrongdoing. Almost everyday, countless computers and databases are hacked by cyber criminals who are scattered around the globe. Unknown hackers can range from petty thieves to high level government forces. Aliases are used to keep confidentiality, similar to Henry Dorset from Neuromancer (Gibson), known by the name ‘Case’, who is a cyber space cowboy who steals from many companies and private organizations around the world. Stealing information is considered a crime, which may cause international and sometimes personal disputes. Large-scale disputes can be considered very dangerous, which is why violence is a main factor when technology is used in the wrong form. Similar to Case, Jake Sully in Avatar (Cameron) uses a high performance matrix machine, in this case to control the body of an avatar to retrieve and adapt to the avatar race Na’vi race while sacrificing his real-world life, forgetting his own physical and mental awareness. This ultimately causes a large war between the human and Na’vi race. In both fictional sources technology promotes hacking and cyber-warfare, which not only turns into targeting the opposing side in terms of data, but also physical threats. The modern day article “How Does Cyber Warfare Work” shows that these negative aspects of technology also exist in the real world. In all three connecting sources, as technology is used to gain personal power, it is ultimately ... ... middle of paper ... ...ington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver. 2009. Twentieth Century Fox, 2009. DVD. Gibson, William. Neuromancer. New York: The Berkley Publishing Group, 2004. Print. Hods, Jon. “The Cyber War Turns Physical.”Jerusalem Online.Jerusalem Online, n.d. Web. . 1 Dec. 2013. Quora. “How Does Cyber Warfare Work?.” Forbes. Forbes, n.d. Web. . 1 Dec. 2013. Susan W. Brenner and Leo L. Clarke. "Civilians in Cyberwarfare: Conscripts" Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 43 (2010). . 1 Dec. 2013. Tran, Mark. “Girl starved to death while parents raised virtual child in online game.” The Guardian. <>. 1 Dec, 2013.

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