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“This Is the Next Me”: The Evolution of AI in the Whedonverses

  • Lisa K. PerdigaoEmail author
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Abstract

Perdigao examines how the multiple worlds of Joss Whedon, spanning more than twenty years, represent a “progressive awakening” about the Singularity, the moment when “human life will be irreversibly transformed” by the pace and impact of technological change (Vinge). The evolution of Whedon’s depictions of AI in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003), Dollhouse (2009–2010), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), and season four of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013–), which features Life Model Decoys (LMD), highlights how the writer, director, and producer envisions a posthuman future and the future of television.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Arts and CommunicationFlorida Institute of TechnologyMelbourneUSA

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