Unlike previous books I’ve read in this class, ‘Dawn’, by Octavia E. Butler creates a scenario in which humans are not in control of their immediate future. I personally have enjoyed reading through and imaging some of these situations presented. The idea of humanoid beings traveling to earth in an effort to recuse humanity from it’s own destruction makes for an interesting plot. First visual contact with the Oankali by Lilith truly shows how it’s possible for intelligent life to take on various forms, alien to us. This encounter also demonstrates how two separate forms of life can perceive each other as strange or uncanny. Medusa is what Lilith use to describe Jdahya’s hair like sensory organs. This encounter might share similarities with those on earth. Through out human history, contact with different civilization has often lead to a wider understanding for both side and allowed the thought of being apart of a much bigger world.
Both books portray androids as equals to humans in terms of abilities. However, these machines have surpassed their purpose as tools, and can blend into a population undetectable. This is obviously not the case for all robots, but when humanoid robots become or act human both physically and mentally, it presents a series of issues. With humans and robots in constant conflict, laws can be made to protect and may benefit these machines. This can lead to androids voicing their personal opinions and possibility voting. Programmable machines would not get this far, but androids that think on their own in an effort to become a justifiable part of society, may determine personal choices. In order to work along side humans, robots must be given human-like qualities, but can the ability for a machine to think freely benefit both sides?
The separations of people or groups are present in both worlds, making caves of steal similar to our own domain. A significant difference is represented in scale; the spacers seem to have a pessimistic view on earth dwellers. As a result both sides live with little interaction, promoting misinformed stereotypes. Division because of believes, ideas and views currently exist but not at the scale which is amplified within ‘Caves of Steal’. The threat of diseases appears to be enough reason for the spacers to reduces contact of an entire planetary colony. It is interesting how this future interpretation follows a path that resembles our history. Isolation between civilizations has always encouraged some form of conflict when contact is made. It may not be violent, but one side seems to benefit only.
Currently automated machinery is seen as a benefit, providing efficiency and reducing human error. Caves of steal portray a world where both humans and robots are contending for jobs opportunities. The living standards have also decreased to ensure an efficient system. It is ironic that advancing technology echo’s a convenient lifestyle in our world, but is seen as a hurdle in CoS. Reducing freedom to further increase productivity seems to defeat the purpose of robots and technology in general. While this does not accurately reflect our current situation, this future is possible with machinery being more capable of undertaking human objectives or task.