The Future of the Enhanced Self and Contemporary Science Fiction: TED Talks and Dave Eggers' The Circle

Loredana Filip

Abstract


This article sets out to examine the ways in which cultural and literary texts actively shape the discourse on human enhancement. First, it identifies the emergence of a “sense of wonder” (Sawyer 87) in TED talks that advance transhumanist ideals. Second, it investigates the critical and ethical potential of Dave Eggers’s The Circle (2013) to challenge the notion of a ‘post-bodied future.’


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TED Talks; Human Enhancement; Transhumanism; Sense of wonder; The Circle; Affect of Aliveness

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5283/copas.309

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