In the article, “predictions of the future from the past” by Adam L. Pennsburg he examines and opens up what each person he talks about in the article, thought about the things in the future. One of the futuristic technology mentioned in this article that stood out was robot surgeons that has a lot of symbolic significance to it, it adds some significance to Fahrenheit 451 and is very important in context to the book.
In the future, Robots could not only change the way we do every day to day things, but it also can change jobs, the way we live, the way we get from place to place, etc. Robot surgeons has a huge significance not only in the book, but also how it would change things in future generations. Robot surgeons would change the way healthcare is done today. It would replace the doctors, nurses, paramedics even, which would cause a whole different way of living for some-most people. “ You don’t need an M.D., case like this; all you need is two handymen, clean up the problem in half an hour.”(First section, pg. 13, paragraph 6, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury). This shows that medical treatments, surgeries, any form of medical treatment will take less time then it would now, doctors would not have to perform any life threatening procedures, and it will be all done by robots.
In the book Fahrenheit 451, the author Ray Bradbury, uses a lot of symbols and talks a lot about future technology and changes that may or will happen. One example of symbols he uses is in the first section on page 12 and 13, just like in the article, Bradbury uses the symbol of robot surgeons. The symbol of robot surgeons in the article has a huge symbolic significance to the book by that “Did it drink the darkness? Did it suck out all the poisons accumulated with the years?”(First section, pg.13, paragraph 1, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury). In a way the first machine is like the igniter and the second machine is like the flame and the chemicals. The second machine takes away the knowledge of books and adds chemicals, poisons, darkness and the first adds the spark of the flame and together both burn not only the books that have words on every page and knowledge but the eyes of the beholder of knowledge, in a way, burning the authors as well. Did it drink the darkness?(did it get rid of the knowledge?) did it suck out all the poisons accumulated with the years?(did it get rid of all the hard work and knowledge and memories the authors had?). Another way to look at this passage is look at the machines as being Montaq and the impersonal operator of the machines is Beatty. “It fed in silence with an occasional sound of inner suffocation and blind searching. It had an eye. The impersonal operator of the machine could, by wearing a special optical helmet, gaze into the soul of the person whom he was pumping out. What did the eye see? He did not say. He saw but did not see what the eye saw.”(First section, pg.13, paragraph 1, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury). This, in a way, shows that Montaq is blind to his searching, he is confused of what to do, either burn the knowledge and the authors, or read the knowledge and grasp and understand what the authors are and were trying to express. Beatty, being the chief, knowing who he is working with, knows Montaq is hiding something but yet could not grasp what it was and therefore Montaq did not say what he had or have read and kept it to himself behind Beatty’s back.
The symbol of the robot surgeons is very important for this book. Through out the whole novel, Ray Bradbury uses many symbols and explains a lot about the technology of the future. This particular symbol is important because it talks about, in the passage on page 13, did the machines take away what was there before, making it connected to the burning of books with the chemicals and the igniter. Its important because the whole book talks about the burning of books, the lose of knowledge, new technology, etc.
Finally, both the article and the book have knowledge of future generation and changes that will be made through our everyday lives, to health care, to our day to day jobs. No matter how many symbols there are in the book or the article that explains the future, we will not know what will happen and what wont happen, until the future generation has begun changing.
– Mackenzie Dinn