In what ways is the use of technology in Fahrenheit 451 similar in today's society?

One way in which the use of technology in Fahrenheit 451 is similar to today's society can be seen in the form of the air-propelled train on which Montag rides. This has certain similarities to the Hyperloop concept. Another example would be the profusion of adverts in public places, from which it is increasingly difficult to escape. As Montag's riding the subway he finds it hard to block out a particularly moronic and repetitive advertising jingle.

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Considering that the novel Fahrenheit 451 was first published in 1953, some of the technology introduced in it is remarkably prescient. One thing that Bradbury did not foresee, of course, is e-books, or digitized books. These store a vast amount of information in a tiny space and would have made it much easier for Montag and the other exiles to preserve books and knowledge. However, let's look at some of the main technological devices in use today that Bradbury envisioned.

In Fahrenheit 451 , Mildred watches TV on flat panels that have replaced three of the walls in her living room. Although TVs are not that big yet, they are getting bigger all the time. Back in Bradbury's time, TVs were all heavy bulbous objects full of bulky hardware. Flat screens have only recently become ubiquitous, which makes his prediction more remarkable. Mildred interacts personally with the TV programs, which has not yet become prevalent. However, the technology exists to interact person-to-person via programs...

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