Through Gibson’s imagination, what is the message he’s trying to show about the influence of technology and the potential of mankind?
In 1984, Gibson had already drawn a parallel between present and future technology. Currently, technology plays an irreplaceable role in our daily life, and this phenomenon also happens in Neuromancer.
Through his prediction of future, Gibson has envisioned an upcoming trend, in which technology will no longer be parts of our life, but parts of us, including intelligence and organs. The artificial and technological organs are similar to plastic surgery and organ replacement nowadays, and this further proven that how Gibson’s imagination corresponds to current event.
One of the technological surgery comes from Armitage’s past identity, Colonel Willis Corto, as Case describes that, “the war ended nine days later, and Corto was shipped to a military facility in Utah, blind, legless, and missing most of his jaw.” (Gibson 83) While technology has cured him, it has also made “him became a subject in an experimental program that sought to reverse schizophrenia.” (Gibson 84) By describing the pros and cons of technological surgery, Gibson warns the reader that technology can be beneficial but also lethal and turn human into spiritless, empty shell. Similar situation happens to Case too, Armitage cures him but replace “fifteen toxin sacs bonded to the lining of various main arteries.” (Gibson 45) Therefore, as he finds out how quickly technology is developing in 1984, Gibson is trying to show that technology should remain as a helpful tool in our life.
While having a hard time understanding the vocabulary, I found it amazing how Gibson could come up with various words that do not exist in his era. Some argue that the story do not make any sense, since Gibson has made up words that do not exist in the dictionary, such as the word “cyberspace.” To me, however, the words open up another conceptual world that seems plausible. I believe that human has the intelligence to survive under any condition, even when global warming is getting more serious and the end of 2012 is right around the corner. Technology is helpful in developing the potential and survival of mankind. To answer the question, “Nothing is impossible,” but we should remain cautious on how we are using our resources without taking for granted on technology.