The transfer of a human being into a computer is often reflected on in science fiction theory or even its expansion via the Internet and its worldwide takeover, which is the basis of the plot in Terminator. But Transcendence is not about machines uprising. It’s about the human identity and the limit we want to give it. The movie elaborates and reflects on a situation that it wants to make us believe is possible in today’s world. Are we still far?
The Martians try to adapt by also killing humans or using their telepathic power to pass as humans. The had the power to create visions or dreams inside the minds of the humans and pass as one of them. That is how many of the Martians were able to survive. So in conclusion this is actually one of my favorite books right now. It’s full of futuristic events and creativity.
In gnostic thought, the world was created by an imperfect, misguided entity. This entity created life, although flawed. In The Matrix, machines, and the Matrix itself, are created by humans (imperfect creatures). The only main deviation is that, in gnostic thought, the creator had nothing to do with the divine world. But in the film, the creator could alter the matrix, and after his death, hid return was prophesied.
Technology, which has brought mankind from the Stone Age to the 21st century, can also ruin the life of peoples. In the novel Brave New World, the author Aldous Huxley shows us what technology can do if we exercise it too much. From the novel we can see that humans can lose humanity if we rely on technology too much. In the novel, the author sets the world in the future where everything is being controlled by technology. This world seems to be a very perfectly working utopian society that does not have any disease, war, problems, crisis but it is also a sad society with no feelings, emotions or human characteristics.
In Fahrenheit 451 the author Ray Bradbury makes an argument for societies need to consider that the outcomes of science fiction might become realities. The origin of science fiction '…evolved from the industrial revolution that spawned notions of the rockets, robots, time machines, computers, satellites, matter-transports, and the like'; (Johnson 6). Science Fiction has dramatically changed over the years form total destruction of the earth, to more of a wonderful place to live. We should '…consider events…rationally and is concerned with the impact of change on people'; (Gunn and Boucher 1). There have been two events in history which has change science fiction into what is today, the '…explosion of the first atomic bomb and landing on the moon'; (Gunn and Boucher 5).
A Real Virtual End Whether you watch a science fiction movie, or read a science fiction novel, mother earth seems to no longer be a concern of the human race. The concern of humans has been shifted to a new medium, virtual reality. In the movie The Matrix, earth has been destroyed and people live underground. But, in the peoples virtual reality, where they plug themselves into called the matrix, everything that is desired can be downloaded for them in seconds. In the novel Snow Crash, earth is rapidly being destroyed by humans through negligence.
Basically, Morpheus is telling Neo that, until this point, Neo has been living the illusion of being and individual with free-will, while in actuality, he has existed merely as a larger part of a whole, the “single consciousness” (The Matrix) of AI that is the Matrix. Upon going deeper down the “rabbit hole” Morpheus also tells Neo that he has to learn, “if you are not one of us, you are one of them”. Meaning that the humans that are plugged into the Matrix are not true humans because they do not exist outside of the technology of the Matrix. In order to be human, and claim a sense of identity, one must be enlightened enough to be able to exist both within and without the Matrix, one must know the truth, like Morpheus and his crew. Thereby, everyone still plugged into the Matrix is a part of the machine.
Offering an explanation for what the effects of the new discoveries, happenings or developments will have on us in the future. Another key cornerstone of the genre, as described by Adam Roberts in The History of Science Fiction (2005) , is the encounter with ‘otherness’. Roberts argues that science fiction is a symbolist genre, different from other symbolist genres due to the fact that the symbols are rooted in science and pseudoscience. The point of the symbolic mediums used is to connect the voyage of the un-encountered with our own experience of being in the real world. This is the same effect Wells is trying to elicit from his readers by adhering to his law of science fiction writing.
Authors of this specific genre mainly attempt writing about new technological advances and gadgets. The authors usually include a new species, or disease trying to destroy the human race. Many science fiction works also include an alien invasion on earth, such as War of the Worlds. In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, a few comets were falling to earth. This scared many people across the globe.
Bear uses theories from each branch, puts his own twist on them. Bear uses the multiverse theory used both in theoretical physics, and quantum physics, and the Big Rip, and Big Crunch theory used in astrophysics. Greg Bear accurately uses theories in the branches theoretical physics, astrophysics, and quantum physics in the novel City at the End of Time. Theoretical physics uses mathematical formulas to make predictions or theories about what happens in the natural world (Rújula). Theoretical physics is a complex yet interesting science, is filled with theories which people cannot prove, but they also cannot disprove.