, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 214–230 | Cite as

Reconstructing human-centred technology: Lessons from the Hollywood dream factory

  • J. Martin Corbett


A post-modernist analysis of human-centred technology (HCT) suggests the ideology which informs the theoretical and practical development of HCT resonates with ideological representations of machine intelligence portrayed in science fiction (sf) films. It is argued that such an ideology reflects and reinforces ontological dualisms which constrain our ability to imagine and realise our future relations with technology. This paper invites proponents of HCT to meet their shadows, to transgress, the cultural and discursive borders constructed in the name of modernism, and to reflect on what is taken-for-granted and peripheralised within their own work.


Human-centred technology Modernism Post-humanism Post-modernism Science fiction 


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  1. 1.Warwick Business SchoolUniversity of WarwickCoventryUK

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