Though the book, Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley, was written long ago, its subject has become more popular since most of the technologies described in the book have, at least, partially, become a reality. Technologies that are particularly known are those that make our lives more convenient. The biggest contributor to making our lives easier would be the computer, which has come a long way since its introduction to the world. Also, computers have the ability to be improved more. They also take away our curiosity, what, with all of the information at our fingertips. Huxley's community of Utopian society is designed by genetic engineering, and controlled by neural conditioning with mind-altering drugs. His world and our world seem to becoming one in that our technology of drugs and computers in our lives are being simplified. With this simplification in our lives, people have no need to think, creativity is a thing of the past, and we now have no will of our own, with someone else pulling our strings.
Firstly, the news of cloning is startlingly becoming more and more of a reality with the news in Clonaid and their supposed children being created. The idea of having at least 90 or more of those like oneself running around and wreaking havoc on the countryside sickens me. Thankfully, with various reports show little progress in this field. .
"The least likely but most unsettling humanoid would be the half-breed, made by cross-species fertilization. In 1994, NIH scientific advisers said no such studies should be funded, except in the context of testing men for infertility--and even then, only if the fertilized egg were not allowed to develop. Even so, the half-breed is within the realm of biologic possibility."(Healey).
Thankfully, for society's sake, it's cases like these that will keep multiple copies of an individual from hitting the streets. We"re dangerously close to this advancement occurring.