Week 7 Link : What Does It Mean To Be Human?

http://kenliu.name/stories/algorithms/

A short story that I came across in the second year Science Fiction course that I bravely decided to undertake this semester. The story raises provocative questions about what it means to be “human”, as we watch the steady mental disintegration of the protagonist Elena as she slowly withdraws from humanity.

“Liu’s story raises unsettling questions about the extent of free will and the nature of human uniqueness, while at the same time exploring the psychological consequences of a purely mechanistic belief system[1]” – Heather Masri

[1] Masri, Heather. “Artifical Life.” Science Fiction: Stories and Contexts. New York: Bedford/St. Martins, 2009. 246-57. Print.

 

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