Cyberpunk: Cyberpunk is a dark sub-genre of science fiction, often taking place in a relatively near, dystopian future. In a typical cyberpunk setting, the government is corrupt, tyrannical, and under the control of mega-corporations. The protagonists could be considered anti-heroes, as they are usually criminals, such as computer hackers, who rise up against the corporate power structure. Cyberpunk works tend to focus on the negative impact of technology on humanity, such as extreme violence carried out through use of high tech weaponry. Artificial Intelligence has often advanced to the point where it is difficult to distinguish organic beings from their synthetic creations. Another common element is the merging of man and machine by means of technologies such as cybernetic implants and virtual reality.