The Veldt By Ray Bradburry Essay

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When talking about the future of technology, one can only imagine what it will be down the road. The future of technology evokes many questions about the preservation of human existence, human advancement and intelligence. Some writers even discuss their positions on the future of technology and human kind. Writers such as James J. Bell, who explains the theory of the ‘Singularity’. In summary, he states that the rate of technological advancement, compared to human intelligence, will one day reach the ‘singularity’ were it will surpass the human mind (pg. 52). We may never know if technology will ever have the power to surpass the human intellect or what the consequences will be if it does attain these capabilities. Will humans still maintain control over them, or will they control us? Theses eight articles illustrate the implicit and explicit control that technology holds over humans in the future.
In Ray Bradbury’s, “The Veldt” he illustrates the possible effects of letting technology dominate family life. The integration of technology into major and basic functions of everyday life had a detrimental effect on the wellbeing of all the characters in this story. Since the parents invested so much time in the technology, they were eventually over run by it. As a result, the house was able to turn the children against the parents while driving the parents insane at the same time proving that the house had full control over the family. The children were convinced into believing the nursery was all they needed and killing their parents was right. This event relates to a quote from the article “Is Google making us Stupid”, “As we come to rely on computers to mediate our understanding of the world, it is our own intelligence that becomes flattened into artificial intelligence.”(Nicholas Carr from Kubrick, pg. 104). One could argue that the parents were not educated enough to realize that they had to spend time raising children, instead of sending them off to the nursery. Carr explains how technology is making humans, as a whole, less intelligent when it comes to everyday things. It’s the ease of access to information that dampens the intellect by not giving the experience that usually comes with it. The control of technology is seen more clearly as time progresses.
As seen in the previous paragraph, dependence on technology can lead down dangerous roads, however in Isaac Asimov’s, “The Last Question”, we see another route for control. In this illustration we experience a conversation between humans and various stages of the Automatic Computer (AC) throughout time. The AC’s are asked the same question, “How to reverse Entropy?” which it had not compiled enough information to answer. As time progresses the humans begin to embrace the end of the universe and its fate, all of which is controlled by a single piece of technology, the Cosmic AC. James J. Bell’s, “Exploring the ‘Singularity’”, explains the point at which human intellect will be surpassed by...

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