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Though Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein over two hundred years ago, many of the main themes of alienation and revenge featured in Shelley’s novel reappear in HBO’s Westworld in 2016. This thesis establishes a genealogy for the stories of artificial people and analyzes the relationship between human beings and artificial life, as it is portrayed in speculative fiction and popular media. The popularity of robots and cyborgs is associated with people’s fear of technology, but their stories are often used as an allegory to explain aspects of the human experience that are unknown or difficult to understand. As artificial intelligence becomes seamlessly integrated into human life, the relationship between humans and machines merges into a posthuman conception of life.
Amalfitano, Taylor P., "More Human Than Human: Artificial People in Literature and Media" (2020). University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations. 2717.
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