This is a world beyond the human. The centre is shifting. The structure of feeling is changing.
Key themes: Post-capitalism, the Anthropocene, Cyborgisation
The Human Ego's Trauma
Perhaps, for simplicities sake, we name three traumas for humanity:
- Copernicus told us that we are not the centre of the planet
- Darwin told us we are merely evolved apes
- Freud told us that we are slave to our subconscious
The question in front of us now is which will the fourth? The realisation that human intelligence can be replicated through AI, or that human intelligence is not superior to animals?
- Dystopia helps us make sense of the contemporary. Usually political and sociological, they activate our instinct of self-preservation. In these stories, character gets worn down to animal survival