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Coping With Disaster Through Technology: 'Goodbye me!' - Itô Keikaku's Future Harmony (Faire face à la catastrophe par la technologie : 'Adieu moi !' - La future hamonie d'Itô Keikaku)

Abstract : Post-war Japanese science fiction's fascination with the imagination of disaster relates to historical reality in a complex fashion. Focusing on a work of the acclaimed representative of zero nendai (2000's) Japanese science fiction, Itô Keikaku's Harmony, this paper explores another possible view on historical reality: a future world where human experience has been made self-evident through (nano-) technological means. Harmony offers a bleak vision of a transhumanist future triggered by a nuclear disaster that compelled world leaders to replace governments with medical administrations. These 'admedistrations' monitor and keep humans in perfect health within a frighteningly benevolent society to which they cannot fully adapt. Harmony questions the nature and functionality of consciousness itself, which is made superfluous by the advent of a post-nanotech society. It provides therefore a valuable insight into the ethical issues raised by nanotechnology as well as a sarcastic critique of a sterilized and commodified global society.
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Denis Taillandier. Coping With Disaster Through Technology: 'Goodbye me!' - Itô Keikaku's Future Harmony (Faire face à la catastrophe par la technologie : 'Adieu moi !' - La future hamonie d'Itô Keikaku). Ritsumeikan Studies in Language and Culture, 2013, 25 (1), pp.173-197. ⟨hal-00872859⟩

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