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The More Things Change The More Everything that can be invented has been invented -Charles H Duell 1899 In hindsight this statement seems ridiculous Since 1899 the world has seen a multitude of societal changing inventions From the airplane the television countless of vaccines and most recently the Internet man has continued to evolve at an exponential rate Nevertheless this is not to say that these inventions were so avant-garde at their inception The truth is that technological advancement only replies to the needs of the consumer Therefore everything has been invented at least in our minds Technology is not independent of us but rather a mirror of our deepest wants The promise of technology is simply the satiating of these urges In William Gibsons science fiction classic Neuromancer we find a vision of the future with metaphors to the present Like in most novels it is the allegorical aspect that is worth study Therefore this essay will not argue how the novel is prophetic in the conventional sense for this teaches us nothing In stead it will examine how the promise of technology is representative of the ugliness that creates it This is shown in the reckless lifestyle of Case the importance given to artificial intelligence and lastly through the personification of the technology Case is simply a vehicle to show how ugly the future of technology can be His name is even representative of this task He is essentially a case holding the cyberspace that Gibson has created Hed operated on an almost permanent adrenaline high a byproduct of youth and proficiency jacked into a common cyberspace deck that projected his disembodied consciousness into the consensual hallucination that was the matrix Neuromancer 5 This passage bluntly tells of Cases life prior to stealing from his employers He was nothing
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