Cyborg Tales: The Reinvention of the Human in the Information Age

  • Jelena Guga
Part of the Topics in Intelligent Engineering and Informatics book series (TIEI, volume 9)


The emerging technological developments across various scientific fields have brought about radical changes in the ways we perceive and define what it means to be human in today’s highly technologically oriented society. Advancements in robotics, AI research, molecular biology, genetic engineering, nanotechnology, medicine, etc., are mostly still in an experimental phase but it is likely that they will become a part of our daily experience. However, human enhancement and emergence of autonomous artificial beings have long been a part of futures imagined in SF and cyberpunk. While focusing on the phenomenon of cyborg as a product of both social reality and fiction, this chapter will attempt to offer a new perspective on selected SF and cyberpunk narratives by treating them not only as fictions but as theories of the future as well. Furthermore, selected examples of the existing real-life cyborgs will show that SF narratives are not merely limited to the scope of imagination but are a constituent part of lived experience, thus blurring the boundaries between reality and fiction.


cyborg science fiction cyberpunk body augmentation cognitive enhancement artificial organisms holograms memory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jelena Guga
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Interdisciplinary Activities, New Technologies Research CentreUniversity of West BohemiaPilsenCzech Republic
  2. 2.University of ArtsBelgradeSerbia

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