200 years after Mary Shelley released Frankenstein, it is still commonly discussed, and has many applications to modern times. Shelley wrote her book in 1817, when scientific advances were happening rapidly. For example, the discovery of electricity was groundbreaking, and had the ability to shake the way that humans saw and interacted with the natural world. Although our new and exciting inventions have gotten far more complex than electricity, the questions surrounding them remain the same. Our society currently has issues in developing fields such as artificial intelligence, genetic modification, and new areas of medical research. Emerging technologies such as these go hand in hand with controversies about the roles, uses, and limitations of science. As we see in Frankenstein, the drive to create can lead to disastrous consequences when science runs amuck. It’s not probable that a cutting-edge robot, capable of near human intelligence will take on a personal vendetta and hunt down you and your family. But what if it does?

  • paragraph on AI
  • paragraph on GMO’s
  • touch on medical research, conclude