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Published in: Journal of Business Ethics 1/2022

01-02-2022 | Book Review

Through New Eyes: Artificial Intelligence, Technological Unemployment, and Transhumanism in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Klara and the Sun

Authors: Santiago Mejia, Dominique Nikolaidis

Published in: Journal of Business Ethics | Issue 1/2022

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Abstract

Klara and the Sun, the latest novel by Nobel-prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro, forces one to reckon with one's own anxieties about the future of emerging technologies and confront deep questions about the nature of dignity, existence, and humanity. The novel also provides one with complex characters and a speculative future through which to live new lives, experience novel worlds, and see through different eyes. At the same time, the novel’s world offers us an uncanny distance from our own, making us prone to pass judgments on the characters’ moral faults that we later come to recognize are also our own.
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We are grateful to Guadalupe Mejia for helping us to see this specific point.
 
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Metadata
Title
Through New Eyes: Artificial Intelligence, Technological Unemployment, and Transhumanism in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Klara and the Sun
Authors
Santiago Mejia
Dominique Nikolaidis
Publication date
01-02-2022
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Published in
Journal of Business Ethics / Issue 1/2022
Print ISSN: 0167-4544
Electronic ISSN: 1573-0697
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-022-05062-9

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