Auto-ethnographic response; Ghost in the Shell

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Following “The Ghost in the Shell” some interesting trains of thought were provoked and provided initiation for deeper research. From viewing this film, I’ve discussed the point on how the film leads me to believe this was a human vs. machine type world in a complex path toward human enhancement. Thus, I’ll be exploring the idea of how humans are inevitably going to be immersed in a majority mechanical and technological world, undecided, for good or bad.

The film challenges a lot of themes such as gender roles and asking “what is it to be human”, but with technology forever improving the likelihood of things including Artificial Intelligence is very real and something I want to focus on. Stephen Hawking has recently released his views on the topic claiming, “I think the development of full artificial intelligence [AI] could spell the end of the human race.”

This article goes on to explain the advancements with AI technology, in in relation to Ghost in the Shell the idea that warfare could be between machines and humans seems to be a reoccurring fate. Human enhancement has always been a fascinating topic of discussion that poses ethical questions towards its use today. Then the possibility of using this technology for warfare and solider enhancement is debated on for its potential to break international la, Half a world away from the battlefield, a soldier controls his avatar-robot that does the actual fighting on the ground. Another one wears a sticky fabric that enables her to climb a wall like a gecko or spider would.

If our human genome can be replicated in such a way that makes it superior to the original, what’s to say that people won’t believe that human tissue and original capabilities are good enough and willingly try to enhance themselves. Following a project I completed making a prosthetic arm, I quickly learnt how easy it was with something as simple as a 3D Printer, it was to modify the job, This made way for thinking about things like a USB slot or even a simple bottle opener, which are both things a human hand/arm cannot do.



Predictions on the world’s future involving AI and complex technology have the potential to be harmful or beneficial to humans, and I thoroughly enjoy exploring the new innovations making its way through. The Ghost in the Shell seems  to play with this idea and is something worth exploration. Perhaps human enhancement will only aggravate something dark in the human genetic structure. Or, it could give the opportunity to continue the earth’s expansion in the universe.

One thought on “Auto-ethnographic response; Ghost in the Shell

    samnoakes responded:
    August 16, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Reblogged this on DIGC330 .


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