Frankenstein Short Thoughts [Sprosty]

The book, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, depicts a science experiment going horribly wrong.  Shelley is able to create a horror story and connect it to technology and its discontents. It demonstrates what could happen if we do not be careful with what we are creating when it comes to technology. Victor Frankenstein had a desire for power when creating the creature, “A new species would bless me as its creator and source; many happy and excellent natures would owe their being to me” (Shelley 36). Victor had this desire for power and continued to create the creature without considering what could happen if the experiment went wrong. This relates to technology in society today. Going back to Bill Joy’s article, he says scientists, “have been driven by the overarching desire to know… not stopping to notice that the progress to newer and more powerful technology can take on a life of its own.” This literally connects to Frankensteinand how Victor had a desire to know if he could create life from death and did not think about what would happen if his creation “took on a life of its own.” Also, when the creature tells Victor to make him a female creature, he realized they could reproduce and create a new “species.” This resembles the “grey goo” concept where nanotechnology could reproduce and overtake the world and spread the “grey goo.”  Frankenstein uses a horror story to warn society that rapid advancements in technology may not be beneficial for society and we must consider the negative effects when creating new technology.

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