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A Study on the Humanity of ‘Machine-Human’ Represented in SF Films

  • Journal of Popular Narrative
  • 2022, 28(2), pp.129-156
  • DOI : 10.18856/jpn.2022.28.2.004
  • Publisher : The Association of Popular Narrative
  • Research Area : Interdisciplinary Studies > Interdisciplinary Research
  • Received : May 10, 2022
  • Accepted : June 15, 2022
  • Published : June 30, 2022

Kim, Se-Na 1

1군산대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to examine the essence of ethical subjecthood required for the future society by paying attention to the characteristics of machine-human represented by SF films. If the aspect of (in)humanity of machine-human is examined after getting out of the perspective regarding it as a substitutional being of human subject, it would be possible to find not only the nature of human as a creator, but also the humanity that should be essentially equipped from machine-human. This study aims to understand the fictional truth shown in the meaning of ‘humanity’, and also to examine the pure subjective form as an alternative presentation of it. The illusion about accumulated memories that compose the identity of human or affluent internal life, should be accepted as an act that deceives oneself. When reaching the ‘empty state’ after throwing away the facade of internal life-contents and background that composes oneself, finally, one can reach the status of pure subject. To examine this, it aims to examine the relation connected to the composition of identity of ‘memory’. The memory could be interpreted into various meanings when it is combined with the artificial nature of machine-human. It can cause a question like ‘Is it possible for the memory transplanted or represented into the past existentially experienced by machine-human locked in the extinction of body to become the substantive identity?’. The ‘memory’ is represented as ‘illusion’ that is experienced in the moment when extincted, and it is a holistic object in which the emotions that reveal the humanity are connected to affect, instinct, and desire. This study could contribute to the expansion of the perspective on SF films. Considering the nature and meanings of ‘machine-human’ that is embodied as a substitutional being of human means that we should be equipped with subjecthood as a qualification for human required for the future society. In the aspect of providing the motive that exceeds the existing perspective represented as in-humanity, the machine-human in the form of pure subject is a theme we should newly view. Comparing the homology between human and machine-human can provide a chance to examine the significance of expanded humanity.

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