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The short story The Machine Stops is a powerful statement about where the world is headed as people begin to rely on computers more and more for everyday life Humanity lives in a honeycomb of rooms inside a vast subterranean machine that caters to every human need Humanity is trapped by technology which they depend on The short story is a science fiction story about the way computers can change human components urban infrastructure and machine components of communities and communication There are many different themes explored through Forsters ideasThe Machine provides its inhabitants with simulations of objects It provides artificial fruit and fake marble bathtubs for people who live a copy of normal life without real experiences Humanity is portrayed as to helpless to change the way they liveForsters central theme in the short story The Machine Stops is the isolation of the individual brought about by technology The future presented in the story is geared entirely towards bringing services and goods to its members The citizens of the future live in a world mechanized to such a degree that they actually live inside of one single worldwide machine They never leave hexagonal shaped rooms and if one of them did heshe needs the aid of robot wheelchairs The citizens muscles have degenerated through the total lack of physical exercise There is no need for them to leave their rooms because the world is at their fingertipsThere were buttons and switches everywhere buttons to call for food for music for clothing And there were of course buttons by which she communicated with here friends The room though it contained nothing was in touch with all that she cared for in the world In the short story the citizens rely on the mediation by machines in the underground world As technology fails Vacensoredi the world literally breakdown for her For a moment Vashti felt lonely Then she generated the light and the sight of her
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