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

What other things are out there in "The World"
What were the common effects of the book?

Genetically modified foods - how do we feel about them?
Are we locked into such a future?

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 right now

what do you do when you have a created being that deserves to have rights
Credit (Money) in the book:
Possible biometric or embedded monitary system
Biometric systems replacing identification documents:
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 assist recall
 - Would it create a disparity between factual-type degrees and creative-type degrees?

If you could download information from all possible disciplines, would you want to?

What should be downloaded?
Who should decide what should be downloaded?