Cyberspace, since it appeared, has impacted vastly on our culture. Not only changed the way we communicate, it also created a thing that I would like to call a-new-kind-of-culture, a new genre, cyberpunk.
The notion of cyberpunk first introduces in the 1980s. There are several ways to explain this term, but generally, it’s a combination of cybernetics and punk subculture, which means a genre of science fiction set in a lawless subculture of an oppressive society dominated by computer technology and usually presented in a dystopian future setting, where often occurs wars and fight for rights and deals with questions related to humanity. Cyberpunk can also be considered as a subculture of sci-fi. Some well known cyberpunk authors may count William Gibson (Neuromancer, 1984) or Neal Stephenson (Snow Crash, 1992). Cyberpunk movies were once extremely popular, just like superhero movies nowadays, unfortunately, every era has its end. The Matrix, Terminators or Robocop are no longer strange names.
Examples of cyberpunk show us the dark sides of society, where human values are dog-cheap and soon be dominated by artificial intelligence, which often are cold-blooded. Then, human, from creator, become slave of what they created. That sounds really bad, isn’t it?
Cyberpunk, by the way, does not necessarily dystopian, though that’s what we normally see at it, it consists of the punk culture, so probably the dark world full of rebels and wars would justify them more. Cyberpunk can be a soothing story with bright colour, for instance, the video below. It is about an artificial intelligence that goes beyond a robot to know to feel, to love, and to desire to live.
With the development of technology, cyborg is no longer fiction. In 2000, Honda first introduced ASIMO, now, assistant robots like the example above are everywhere. Will there be, sometime, in the future, it is impossible to tell who is human and who is robot while walking in the streets? And probably, threat from artificial intelligence will no longer be Hollywood fantasy.