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Embodiment of Generative AI and the Geology of Artificial Intelligence - Focusing on ‘Kwizatz Haderach’ in Frank Herbert's Dune

  • Journal of Popular Narrative
  • 2024, 30(1), pp.105-138
  • DOI : 10.18856/jpn.2024.30.1.004
  • Publisher : The Association of Popular Narrative
  • Research Area : Interdisciplinary Studies > Interdisciplinary Research
  • Received : January 9, 2024
  • Accepted : February 19, 2024
  • Published : February 28, 2024

Yeonjin Choi 1

1성균관대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This study explores how Frank Herbert's SF series Dune interconnects the Kwisatz Haderach, the ultimate ‘human computer’ created by Bene Gesserits, with the fate of planet Arrakis. Through this exploration, the objective is to restore the notion of the artificial intelligence's embodiment, omitted within conventional AI discourses, and to conceptualize AI as a body structured by planetary-scale material metabolism. Drawing from Manuel DeLanda's evolutionary perspective, Chapter 1 redefines human beings who start replacing the role of machines after the Butlerian Jihad as evolved forms of intelligent machines. Chapter 2 and 3 explicates how Dune interlinks the material metabolism of the human-machine to the planetary-scale material cycle of Arrakis, focusing on the cycle of water and spice. Chapter 4 investigates how such interconnections result in positive complexity in Dune by contrasting it with Isaac Asimov‘s SF series Foundation. Finally, Chapter 5 attempts to apply this perspective of Dune to contemporary AI, in combination with Yuval Noah Harari's methodology, endeavoring to develop a geology of generative AI. By applying this perspective of Dune, which willingly embraces the complexity of an embodied consciousness, to generative AI, this study aims to transcend the narrow dichotomy of Ludditeism. Instead, it aims to offer a foundation for a wider dicussion that aligns issues of AI with the planetary crises such as resource depletion and climate change.

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