Technology In Fahrenheit 451

What is the role of technology in Fahrenheit 451, and can you recognize any elements in today's world?

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I love Ray Bradbury’s stories because of his uncanny ability to predict the future of technology as it is just beginning.  Fahrenheit 451 was written in 1953, an era on the cusp of advanced technology like the space race, television, and computers.  His imagination about the future is one thing that makes him a renowned writer of science fiction

Fahrenheit 451 is full of a lot of cool technology. Here is a list of some of the things I found as a reader and how they correlate to today:

The mechanical hound shows the use of robots as tools for mankind.  Obviously, today we use robots in factories or the work place, and robot technology is advancing every day.

In order to enter his home, Montag has to stick his hand in an opening that identifies him.  This is similar to fingerprint or eye identification we have today.

Fast cars and air tube trains in the novel show how we are “addicted” to speed and convenience.  We need to get places fast and find information fast today.  We are...

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