Essays: Science Fiction and Isaac Asimov

Submitted By quickjinx
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Diego Reyes

Advanced Technology vs. Society The science fiction genre is shown in both stories, in "August 2026" by Ray Bradbury and "The Machine That Won The War" by Isaac Asimov. In "August 2026" Ray uses personification and irony, Isaac uses an epiphany and symbolism. Even in the most complicated situations we humans go through, we are most likely to ask for help. There is where technology comes into place in our lives, to make our lives that much simpler. But what both authors are trying to convey is that technology always has needed human intervention for it to work efficiently.

"The Machine That Won the War,” by Isaac Asimov, is a story that teaches a valuable lesson about humanity and also has an ironic twist at the end. After all the time and effort put in to making the Multivac to make decisions but in the end the people ended up making the final decision for themselves. Jablonsky said, "But I could never be certain that what Multivac seemed to say, it really did say; or what it really said, it really meant. I could never be certain," this epiphany clearly indicates the sudden realization that in the end Henderson was the one that knew all of the information but just didn't necessarily want all the pressure on him. The coin toss symbolizes how difficult we make it on ourselves, in the end something as simple as a coin toss was better than a programmed computer making it for them.

In "August 2026," Ray Bradbury uses personification to indicate the human like behaviors and actions of the technology controlling the house. With the house not be attended technology seemed to keep on functioning as if there were people in the house. But it's ironic how something as simple as a branch