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What are some futuristic elements in "Brave New World?"

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jenny37 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 25, 2010 at 3:17 AM via web

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What are some futuristic elements in "Brave New World?"

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 25, 2010 at 3:34 AM (Answer #1)

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This book is full of futuristic sorts of things.  They seem to serve two purposes.  Some of them directly give the government more control over the people while others make it so the people spend less time thinking and more time enjoying themselves.

The most obvious of the things that give the government control is the whole technology of procreation.  The idea of machines that can actually incubate a human fetus is very futuristic.  Even more so is the idea that the technology exists to make the people into the various categories of worker that are needed (alphas, betas, etc).

From the second category, the most obvious thing is the "feelies."  Movies that also allow the watcher to feel what is being done in the movie are well beyond our modern technology.

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