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Forster predicted the future

Forster, ''The Machine Stops'' -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

"Then she generated the light, and the sight of her room, flooded with radiance and studded with electric buttons, revived her. There were buttons and switches everywhere - buttons to call for food for music, for clothing. There was the hot-bath button, by pressure of which a basin of (imitation) marble rose out of the floor, filled to the brim with a warm deodorized liquid. There was the cold-bath button. There was the button that produced literature. and there were of course the buttons by which she communicated with her friends. The room, though it contained nothing, was in touch with all that she cared for in the world."

Everything that we could ever need in the world is coming from this one machine. It brings to mind a little something called the computer in modern day times. Forster said that the machine could call forth food, music, clothing, etc. Guess what? The internet and a computer can do that. Pizza Hut has an online pizza ordering service. There's the food. MP3's? Well, everyone downloads them. There's the music. And www.amazon.com. . . there is basically everything else you need in life. The machine holds everything in life, even the beauty of the world.
As Bethany Merryman said, this is quite scary, after first glance. Upon first glance, one would be like "Wow. Forster is pretty good at predicting the future." After that, I got scared. It seems that as soon as the machine left the picture in the story, then mankind dwindled away. I only hope that Mr. Forster isn't dead-on with this prediction. :P


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