The Effects Of Technology Based On The Novel "A Brave New World" By Aldous Huxley

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The idea of genuine technology was basically invented in the 1930's. From the construction of the Empire State Building in 1931 to the creation of semi-automatic transmissions in 1937, I would consider the 1930's to be the true beginning of all technological advances. Now, in 2008, we continue to work off of these advances, creating new and improved forms of technology every single day. In Huxley's new world, technology wasn't looked at as an opportunity to advance and improve, as the members of the civilized society were technology themselves. Overall, these three ages in technology can be used to either prove or disprove Huxley's theory that Americans are moving towards the "civilized world" presented in a brave new world faster than anyone is aware of.In the 1930's, technology was used but never abused. The people of this time were well aware of technologies unreliable nature and the possible effects of too much reliance on material objects. These people knew that technology was making their lives better and easier but they never allowed technology to be the driving force behind their productivity or success. Many life changing aspects of technology that we still use today were invented or greatly improved in the 1930's, from full color, full talking movies to air mail service across the Atlantic Ocean, the 1930's brought forth technological advances that we still rely on today.In 2008, technology is looked at in a different manner. Technology is no longer looked at as a prized possession that is only utilized when needed; it has become the driving force behind our lives. Now a days, technology is blamed for our inconsistencies. As a society, we have found a new comfort in blaming our material objects for the many problems that we occur on a daily basis. From arriving late to work due to a flat tire or not being able to hand in an important paper because your printer would not work; we've discovered that not only do we rely on these objects, but so does everyone else. Therefore, the excuse that your computer broke or that your car wouldn't start is looked at as a completely justified excuse because we have all experienced it. Yet, if we know that these things happen, why do we continue to allow ourselves to rely on such inconsistent objects? In recent years, technology has moved from a luxury to a necessity and our ability to live without technology has vanished. Technology has become vital within our lives and in most cases it is not a bad thing, yet it's not hard to see that our dependencies have slowly added to our stupidity. We're taught that calculators are our brains in math, so kids grow up not understanding fundamentals like multiplication and addition, and we've learned to rely on spell check to perfect our essays so our spelling capabilities...

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