Cat’s Cradle – IDEAS discussion

In discussing Cat’s Cradle, a novel by Kurt Vonnegut written in 1963, we discussed the dependence and religious-like way that some view and interact with technology. The same issues that Vonnegut brings up in his novel are ones that are still very relevant today. Our lives have reached a point where we are dependent on technology, but do not yet understand it. Is this an issue, and should we be concerned as this trend continues? Technological developments accelerate very quickly—should this be slowed?

Students expressed the thought that the purpose of technology is to make our lives easier, but that sometimes it just makes them more complicated. How do we view technology? The extremes range from technophobia to addiction, and neither is really healthy. There is a benefit in finding the balance between the two.

As students who will be working with technology and helping to create it in the future, it is important to understand the societal effects technology has.


1st Yr Seminar – Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

This week in the first year IDEAS seminar we discussed Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut.

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Question 1) Is there a difference between science and technology?
Question 2) Who should be the decision makers in a technological society?
Question 3) Are we content?