In the short story "There Will Come Soft Rains" by Ray Bradbury, what is Bradbury's attitude toward technology?

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In the short story "There Will Come Soft Rains," the society has advanced significantly. In homes, there is technology that will automatically cook your breakfast, remind you of appointments, and even tell you what clothes to wear according to the weather outside.  The house will even read your favorite poem for you, and in this case recites a poem with the beginning of the title in it for the former resident, Mrs. McClelland.  Today, we would call this a "smart home," and it is not far into the future when we might see the same conveniences.  However, the house in the story is eerily void of humans.  The technology continues despite no one using it.  This is the irony of the story.  At sometime in the past, a nuclear war destroyed the human population.  The technology, however, lived on.  Bradbury is warning us that the very technology we invented (nuclear bombs) could cause our downfall in the end.  At the end of the story when the house burns down, one wall remains.  The wall has a clock that continues to beep out the same time and date, "Today is August 5, 2026 . . ." over and over again.  "There Will Come Soft Rains" is a cautionary tale by Bradbury, who predicts that in the future our obsession with technology could destroy us.

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