Technology has grown in more ways than one, where it has reached the point of becoming a part of many other’s way of living; where dependence of it has become a habit in today’s world. People have pointed out that their ability to spell out words has become difficult because of their reliance on a computer to aid them, along with other accusations that blame’s technology for weakening society. Technology, in a way, has become mankind’s crutch, and without it, man will stumble. It has even been assumed that technology will ruin man and eventually lead them into extinction. In “August 2026: There Will Come Soft Rains,” Ray Bradbury diffuses the theory of technology being the source of the human race spiraling downward towards extinction; rather, he points his finger elsewhere, towards the origin of technology. In his short story, the house that used to serve a family performed its daily routines, without knowing that its owners were disintegrated by a nuclear explosion. Because the house itself is a machine and a nuclear bomb is a form of technology, one may blame technology for the humans doom and feel indifference towards the house. If one were to read Bradbury’s words carefully about how the house continues on in ignorance, sympathy can be felt towards it; along with a vivid imagery of a world that was already falling apart, prior to humanity’s infliction upon itself. Rather than blaming technology for weakening our society, Bradbury blames humans who are the creators of these marvelous innovations, and that soon, they will be the ones to lead themselves into their own destruction. “Eight-one, tick-tock, eight-one, off to school, off to work, run, run, eight-one! But no doors slammed, no car... ... middle of paper ... ...ears go by. It has already become a part of the daily lives of many others, similar to eating and breathing. It may even come to a point where humans cannot live without it or else their world would succumb to disaster. One can blame technology as much as they like, but it will not change the fact that man was its inventor; and as their inventor, they hold accountability for what happens after using technology. Today, many tend to believe that technology will ruin mankind in the future, but they are the creator of these things; so in the end, it is not technology that will be our downfall, but ourselves. Works Cited Barnet, Sylvan, William Burto, and William Cain E. Literature for Composition: Essays, Stories, Poems, and Plays. 9th ed. Longman: Pearson, 2011. Print. “There Will Come Soft Rains.” tvtropes. n.p. n.d. Web. 10 Feb. 2013.
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In the May 6th, 1950 issue of Collier’s magazine, a short story first appeared titled “August 2026: There Will Come Soft Rains” written by Ray Bradbury. Bradbury would later include this story into his book The Martian Chronicle’s, a collection of short science fiction pieces. The story takes place in a dystopian future in the City of Allendale, California. There, a house owned by the McClellan family is the only thing that remains standing after a horrific occurrence (a presumed nuclear explosion) destroys the rest of the city. The house is a sophisticated “smart” house, where everything is automated. Everyday tasks are completed without human intervention; this is convenient since there are no humans to be found. The house takes care of the family that once lived there, even though they are gone. In the end, the house meets its demise and burns down when a tree crashes through the window starting a fire that spreads from the kitchen.
There Will Come Soft Rains is a short tale by Ray Bradbury that is in regards to the high-technology smart house in a post-human world. Bradbury wrote and published this story in one of his most acclaimed collection of stories, ‘The Martain Chronicles’ in 1951. Written in that era where many people were in deep concerns about the devastating effects of the nuclear weapons, this story depicts the world under which humans beings are victims of the nuclear force distraction. The short story is in regards to a planet devoid of humans. The tale narrates that the nuclear war washed people from the face of the earth and what remained was just a house. There Will Come Soft Rains concentrate on world annihilation, and human disappearance. The authorpatently talks about the life after humans are vanished.
Although the world as a whole has become greater and greater as each decade passes, the world has experienced a decline that overpowers the good that has happened in this century. Technology wise, the world has used this to our advantage, and become a greater and smarter world each day. However, the technology is a main reason for the world’s downfall.
...t act on its own programming. The house cannot therefore make any decisions to stop working from the humans who are already dead. The house therefore represents order in the midst of chaos; the house is the only thing that is functioning with all the things around it destroyed. It is the only thing that bears meaning despite there being total destruction after nuclearwar; it is the only place that holds to purpose despite the meaningless things happening. The house tries to fight entropy but does not win, it rubble just falls into the larger rubble of the city that is now destroyed. This symbolizes the pessimistic view of determination of humans in the search for meaning in the world (Chopin, There Will Come Soft Rains).
Technology is an application of scientific knowledge. In my opinion Ray Bradbury’s is wrong about technology but he has a good idea that technology could take over our lives and impact us majorly. As in Ray Bradbury’s short stories, “There Will Come Soft Rains” and “The Veldt” throughout these short stories he described how technology could harm or be destructive to the world. However, in my opinion I disagree with Ray Bradbury’s opinion since with technology it makes our lives more efficient, entertains us and makes us safe.
Architecture by far, plays the greatest role in the book. The house itself causes the events in the book to unfold. Supposedly built in 1720, it has housed approximately 0.37 owners a year, most of who were traumatized in some way. William (Navy) and Karen Navidson, the current owners of the house, are included in this select group. Though they move into the house as an attempt to repair their marriage, it is what that ultimately drives them apart. The first sign of trouble is the appearance of a long, cold, dark hallway. The house, larger on the inside than it is on the outside, causes Navidson to investigate the house and serves as the catalyst for the destruction that follows.
The natural world does not care for the house as the humans did and there is nothing there for the house to accomplish. “It was raining outside.” (Bradbury 1)This rain suggests a sadness and gloom that has fallen over the house from the loss of its “gods”. This happened at eight o’clock, and when ten o’clock rolls around “The sun came out from behind the rain.” The sun represents the shedding of light on the dark world and bringing forth of new information. It is here in the story that one learns that the family is actually dead and not simply on a trip. “The gentle sprinkler rain filled the garden with falling light.” This falling light epitomizes the end of an era of not only humans but the end of the life of this house. This sentence, along with the poem by Sara Teasdale later in the story, foreshadow the end outcome of this story; the death of all man-made
Technology can be regarded as a phenomenon with vast uncertainties. Technological change is rapid and we are struggling to keep up to date with the latest advances, while learning new ones and trying to prepare for the next changes proposed for the future. In order to do so, however, we need to be clear about what we mean, and what we consider to be a technology and evaluate some of the assumptions of our understanding of our technologically advanced society.
Technology is one of the groundbreaking inventions humans have come up with. Technology nowadays is so broad there are thousands upon thousands of companies out there with their only intention is to make better technology. Back when it first came out they thought it was going to evolve extremely fast and flying cars would be out in 30 years and such. It’s not evolving at an extraordinary rate, but it’s still evolving at an extremely fast rate.