Cybernetics and Fiction

Victoria Summer Camp’s Journal, edited by Dana Diminescu, Tincuta Heinzel

Technology and Utopia

Georg Trogemann

This article addresses different forms of fiction that are involved in cybernetic thinking. While cybernetics has long since lost its position as a leading transdisciplinary science, cybernetic thinking, its terminology and approaches, are still present in various contemporary scientific fields. In addition, the vision of a better future enabled by new technologies is perhaps more than ever the predominant utopia in our society. The most popular utopias of our time—artificial intelligence and the so-called singularity, transhumanism, nanotechnology, and synthetic biology, but also quite small and technologically simple things such as blockchain systems—all show the characteristics of technological utopias.