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Technology has come a long way during the 19th century and has impacted the lives of every single person on earth Most of our technological advances have been positive and have helped in developing our society as we know it today However technological progress also has downfalls Things have been created in recent years that could ultimately destroy all of mankind This theme is discussed in two works Cats Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut Jr and Dr Strangelove which was produced by Stanley Kurbick In the novel Cats Cradle the world could have been destroyed by a substance called ice - nine In the movie Dr Strangelove the world is ended by the Doomsday Machine Both of these things were created by man as technology progresses Both of these works try to show what can happen if such things as ice - nine and the Doomsday Machine are placed into the hands of someone who does not understand how much damage they can actually do and how powerful these creations are This conc ept is best explained by Vonnegut He said in Cats Cradle What hope can there be for mankind when there are such men as Felix Hoenikker to give playthings as ice - nine to such short - sighted children as almost all men and women are If destructive works of technology falls into the wrong hands the world could be over In the novel Cats Cradle Felix Hoenikker creates a substance known as ice - nine If this substance were to be exposed the entire world would freeze Hoenikker only made a small amount of ice - nine right before he died The substance was divided and given to his two sons Nobody seemed to know Hoenikker very well let alone his children Hoenikker was described as being as different as a man from mars Hoenikker was smarter than the average person and seemed to have brilliant ideas Hoenikkers ways
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