Paradigms in Cyberpunk

Patrick Nagle, English 65, The Cyborg Self, Brown University (Fall 2006)

An example of paradigm in William Gibson's Sprawl Trilogy is the different ways that the characters conceptualize Artificial Intelligences. The different schemes — one that relies on an awareness of the history of the Tessier-Ashpool clan and the refragmentation of the being created when Neuromancer and Wintermute combined, the other appealing to Voodoo spirituality and religious ideas of possession — represent two differing ways of comprehending the AIs' complex machinations. In this sense, the AIs, with their hidden, incomprehensible motives, are similar to Donna Haraway's vision of nature as a "coding trickster" with whom we must converse.


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