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Jurassic Park Essay

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Jurassic Park was an amusement park created by InGen, a company founded by Hammond, to recreate dinosaurs and use them as attractions for the public. Hammond wanted the park to be run by a small staff in order to save money and increase the efficiency. To make this work, he designed almost all of the park to be controlled by a supercomputer that would work all the park’s functions. The computer, however, had several bugs which led to the disastrous result of letting the dinosaurs loose. This novel was written during the information age when the world was becoming interested in using computers and other technological devices and advancements. Michael Crichton wrote his novel Jurassic Park ...view middle of the document...

A strand of DNA is long and complex, and it is hard to understand completely. The Cray system could calculate information so quickly to help with complex computing. The supercomputers were both extremely fast, efficient, and advanced, supporting the theme of the technological growth of the 1980s. Another advancement was that cars were innovated to work autonomously. On a tour of the park, Gennaro, Grant, Malcolm, Regis, Sattler, and the children ride in two electrically automated Land Rovers. In the 1980s, there was a breakthrough of the development of autonomous cars with the work of Ernst Dickmanns and his team at Bundeswehr Universität München (Forrest & Konca). These autonomous cars were an improvement to the average car, which needs to be controlled by a person. From genetic engineering to supercomputers to automated cars, the improvement and growth of technology in the 1980s was immense. This growth, however, raised questions about the consequences of its overabundance.

Crichton’s theme, which showed the probable dangers of technology, made clear that society should be careful with the increasing dependency on technology. Ian Malcolm’s chaos theory was shown when the computer system of the park shut down unexpectedly. The chaos theory stated that something unexpected was inevitable, and no computer would be able to prevent it. In 1989, the federal government began working on a plan to prevent the “Y2K” glitch so that dates on records would not be perceived as the 1900s instead of the 2000s (“Y2K”). In both situations, there was a concern about technological systems not working efficiently. These are indications of dangers of the high dependence on technology that society has. Additionally, the first sign of the breakdown in Jurassic Park was the error of the tallying system on the computer. The tallying system was designed primarily to assure that none of the animals were missing, but it failed to account the extra animals that were appearing from breeding. On June 3, 1980, a faulty computer chip almost started a nuclear war. The warning displays , at 2:55 a.m., started...

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