Does technology bring us closer together or push us further apart? Neuromancer seems to support both possibilities. The technological developments that have lead to the urbanization of the Sprawl have brought people living in closer quarters, but the same technology means no one can trust anyone else. Riviera isolates himself behind a barrier of holograms. Yet, Molly and Case genuinely grow closer to each other through the simstim. And what about Armitage? He exists to keep his other persona, Corto, imprisoned within their shared mind. When it comes to the debate, this novel is, according to Shmoop's word-of-the-day calendar, ambivalent.