학술논문

Upload , Cyber-Spirituality and the Quest for Immortality in Contemporary Science-Fiction Film and Television.
Document Type
Article
Source
Religions. Jan2024, Vol. 15 Issue 1, p109. 10p.
Subject
*SCIENCE fiction television programs
*SCIENCE fiction films
*UPLOADING of data
*TECHNOLOGICAL innovations
*SCIENCE fiction
*TELEVISION programs
Language
ISSN
2077-1444
Abstract
As a genre, science fiction has long played with the idea of all-powerful virtual beings and explored notions of transcendence through technological advancements. It has also been at the forefront of exploring our anxieties and hopes regarding new technologies and the ethical and moral consequences of scientific advancement, raising deeply philosophical and theological concerns about an age-old question, namely: what makes us distinct as human beings and what lies beyond our own existence? This article aims to provide an overview of recent themes that have emerged in science fiction film and television, especially with regard to extending our lives beyond their natural biological age. As the article will outline, these ideas generally appear in notions of cyborgization or mind uploading into cyberspace. Both indicate a deeply human desire to avoid death, and the films and shows discussed in this article offer a range of different ideas on this. As we will see, the final case study, the Amazon Prime television show Upload (2020–), brings both of these elements together, touching on a broad range of ideas about cyber-spirituality along the way. The article concludes that although many shows raise interesting questions about the ethical challenges inherent in transhumanist fantasies of mind uploading, they ultimately remain ambiguous in their critique of the dream of digital immortality. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]