With the recurrent expansion of scientific knowledge and technology in today’s society, new inventions, theories, and ideas are frequently brought into practice. All though new technologies and advancement in understanding of the world around us is crucial to scientific expansion, the outcomes of these ideas aren’t always positive. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and the original practices of Eugenics both serve as correlations to vast and ever-growing scientific universe. These two works can be related in their ability to serve as sources of caution during innovation of science. Nevertheless, both Frankenstein and Eugenics can also be dissimilar from that of one another.
Through skilful characterization and techniques Atwood engages the reader’s mind, resulting in a chilling realisation that is not easily forgotten. This reminds us to exercise caution. Atwood makes us wonder whether the short term benefits of science are worth the long term disasters. Oryx & Crake portrays a world controlled by incredibly powerful global corporations who are willing to go to any lengths to make a profit. People who are lucky enough to work for one of these corporations are housed in compounds which are gated communities.
Discus the theme of the incompatibility of happiness and truth in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. Aldous Huxley’s skilful characterisation and creation of an apparent utopia are used effectively to explore the theme of the incompatibility of happiness and truth. Set in the World State of AF 632, or 2540 AD, using our calendar, everyone is content with his or her life. However, the World State is actually a dystopia with many dark secrets. One of these secrets is that although every citizen believes himself to be happy, he has been genetically engineered to think so and is a government ploy to maintain “social stability”.
(pg. 13) This too is closed minded thinking when you can see how much our lives have vastly improved from technological advances. Illnesses that once were considered deadly are now things of the past; we are traveling distances in hours when just a decade ago could have been days long, etc. The cautious optimist, in my opinion is one who sees technology as the blessing it is but also knows that it needs to have rules and regulations. We must all be “technological citizens” who implies an understanding
I believe radiation is slowly changing the world as we know it. Although it can be harmful or even deadly; scholars have come to recognize that the benefits greatly outweigh any contributing negative factors. Studies involving radiation have already brought so many more solutions into the equation, cancer being the largest on the scale. Further studies will hopefully shed more light on the unknown and provide us with even more treatment types. Only time will tell, but we are constantly on a hunt for knowledge, so I believe radiation will continue to play a major role in our world’s future
What they didn’t suspect at that moment was that the relevance of their smart and sneaky way of portraying their present created an evolutionary path to the future (our present). The social problems that affected the satirist from several centuries ago, like war, immorality and corruption, still exist in our modern times, authorizing the present writers to use the weapon that was so
It would be very prejudicial and people would stop caring for who you care and just look at what your hereditary traits say. In my opinion, this movie portrays very effectively what our society would come to if this happened. It is very sad to see how technology can destroy human nature just because people seek a god-like perfection that is actually
Freud is well known for his theory on a mother and her son, or the Oedipus Complex. Huxley ties this theory into the relationship Linda has with her son. Aldous Huxley’s ability to grab the audience’s attention with his outrageous, yet shockingly true allegations of a fictitious world, created a vision of a futuristic lifestyle unthought-of prior to Brave New World. With the use of symbolism the audience is able to make a connection between the world they are accustomed to, and the frightful reality of the future. Huxley’s
The Paradox of Technology There is no question that technological growth trends in science and industry are increasing exponentially. Many critics of technology believe that the rapid advancement of technological development, despite the benefits, has become in many ways detrimental to society and life. The study of genetics, molecular engineering and robotics is a few areas of technology that is advancing rapidly. The paradox of the 21st century technology is will our growth in technology benefit society or will it potentially destroy society. Gene therapy is a promising approach to the treatment of genetic disorders, debilitating neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s and endocrine disorders such as diabetes.
From the article “Winner and Losers in the Information Age” by Professor Ian Angell, I can see his point of view about what will be in the future when information technology and telecommunication come and play a big part in this world, not only macroscopic part like in a big organization or government in a country, but they are also affect the microscopic part such as our everyday life. Furthermore, I also agreed and disagree with him in many aspects. First of all, on the part that he said that “The commercial enterprise of the future will be truly global, it will relocate (physically or electronically) to where the profit is greatest and the regulation least.” and “Because of the need to employ the local masses, the major social problem for politicians in the coming decades is going to be how to attract global employers to partner local companies, and how to keep them attracted. Government will have no choice other than to acquiesce to the will of global enterprises.” I believe that when many people read this, they may think that the government will really have no choice. But I think that if the situation becomes like that, the value of most of the people (or service workers, as he mentioned) to the global companies will be lower, and eventually they will have no job.