In regards to "There Will Come Soft Rains," can you give 2 disadvantages and 2 advantages of computerized living?

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sboeman eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I'm assuming this is in response to Ray Bradbury's short story.  The question is basically asking what are the possible consequences of having our lives virtually taken over by computers?

We can see some of the advantages even in today's society.  Computers have revolutionized basically every part of our lives, such as social networking, business, entertainment, and numerous others.  Computers can be more efficient and precise, can store large amounts of data, and can even work in extreme or hostile conditions that humans might not be able to work in (think of the robots that helped seal the pipe in the Gulf).

There are some disadvantages, though.  For one, humans may become too dependent on machines, which could lead to a lethargic, unmotivated society.  Computers also cannot imitate the human spirit, such as ingenuity, motivation, and compassion - these "essences" of life help propel change in the world.  Also, computers are not perfect, they do make mistakes, or "glitches".  Finally, machines also have to created, monitored, and maintained by humans - they are not self-sufficient at this point in their development.

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