Piercy first half
Toffler published in 1970--comes out of the turbulence of the 1960s
He, She, and It published in 1991--fear of multinational corporations
running the world
(instead the world has gone towards job mobility, but it is still there
in some ways)
key concepts shaping the world
- we are killing the environment
- therefore we are dependent on technology
- humans and computers are becoming integrated
- multinational corporations will increasingly run the
- fear of everyone be the same
- religion will still matter in an advanced technological
- humans are bringing it all upon ourselves by not
What other things are out there in "The World"
What were the common effects of the book?
- Free towns
- Self defending cities
- This is the alternative "Good" world that Piercy
- The "Glop"
- who is running the "Glop"?
- The world police more or less have taken control of
the outer areas
- Corporate cities are enclosed and separated from the
- These are the author's potential projections for the
- What happened to make the Raw what it is?
- Great famine and plagues - is this something
- Referencing global warming as a possible cause for
Genetically modified foods - how do we feel about them?
Are we locked into such a future?
- Europeans tend to be suspicious of genetically modified
- The FDA has already made the choice for Americans, are
we OK with that?
- Could genetically modified foods protect us from food
- Or is modifying foods merely poisoning us?
- Chemically treating foods
- hormones used on animals - indirectly consumed by
- Possible cancer causes related to modifying foods
- Hormones and antibiotics generally cause prices to
decrease, but is it worth it?
- Have we come to rely on some of these elements to the
extent that we cannot avoid them?
- Are we overprotecting ourselves?
- Is it all about the money?
- Are we killing our future to save money now?
one possible function of science fiction--show us
where we could be if we keep heading down the path we are on--prevent a
future by making us aware of the dangers
what she talks about could happen based on how we are living our lives
what do you do when you have a created being that deserves to have
Credit (Money) in the book:
- is it right to kill a cyborg
- is everyone partially unnatural--where do you draw the
- "I am the future"--a human becoming more like a machine
(along with than vice versa)
- With the humans and machines merging, where will the
line be drawn?
- no one is normally born anymore
- Natural birth is frowned upon - this may not be far
- Is it even possible to connect a brain to a
- Is direct brain control possible?
Possible biometric or embedded monitary system
Biometric systems replacing identification documents:
- Would theft be more difficult?
- Would theft be more violent?
- Would we be happy for a similar system today?
- Would new technology merely create new crime?
It is currently being done, how do we feel about this?
Do we have a limit to the information we want others to have on us?
when they first made human robots people thought they were cute, then
people got scared and there were riots
do we have a choice?
Automated learning (brain download):
Is the process of learning part of what is learned?
If it were possible to automatically know things would you lose out?
If you could download your degree, would that be a good thing?
- Would we fail to appreciate the information learned?
- Would automatic learning crush creativity?
- It might be helpful for factual information to be downloaded to
- Would it create a disparity between factual-type degrees and
If you could download information from all possible disciplines, would
you want to?
What should be downloaded?
Who should decide what should be downloaded?