What You Said: Frankenstein, Today
SciFri listeners weigh in on Frankenstein, Silicon Valley’s tech monsters, and the ethics of modern inventions.
This article is part of our winter Book Club conversation about Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein. Want to participate? Sign up for our newsletter or call our special voicemail at 567-243-2456.
We’ve been doing lots of mulling since we embarked on reading Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein for the SciFri Book Club. We’ve also been asking you plenty of questions.
We wanted to know if you saw any parallels between Frankenstein and science today, and what the novel says about ethics and society. Here’s what you said:
— Tyson N (@SubGoth) January 19, 2018
How do I tell if my science project is evil? Mary Shelley proposes a test in #Frankenstein: Does it take you away from your friends/family/other things you love? If so….probably evil. What do you think #SciFriBookClub friends? True?
— Annie Minoff (@annieminoff) January 22, 2018
And last week on Science Friday, we talked about the resemblances between Victor Frankenstein’s monster and some of the creations that Silicon Valley has churned out, like Facebook, Twitter, and AI. Here’s what you had to say about whether the tech world is making its own monsters today.
Years ago teens spent hours on the telephone but no one went after MaBell
— cliff boley (@oxxnarr) January 19, 2018
Questions about the Club? Post ‘em in the comments below or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy reading!