科幻小說能幫助人類嗎?
文章來源:未知 文章作者:enread 發布時間:2021-03-03 08:37 字體: [ ]  進入論壇
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What will the future be like? Good or bad? A lot of science-fiction writing imagines a world which is dark and scary. In Blade Runner, Harrison Ford1 hunts robots in a chaotic2 Los Angeles. Planet of the Apes shows a bleak3 future for humankind. And what about The Hunger Games? Don't get me started.
 
There's a word to describe the kind of future world which often appears in science fiction: dystopia. It means an imagined place where things are unpleasant or bad. The opposite is utopia. But does tomorrow's world have to be so depressing?
 
No. A new project wants to use the power of science fiction to inspire people to create a better future. Project Hieroglyph4 brings together writers, scientists, engineers and artists to create optimistic stories about things which really could happen in the next 50 years.
 
It's just a matter of making an effort. Experts say it's easier to create a dystopia than write a feel-good story. There's more conflict in a world full of problems, and stories are interesting when there are a lot of problems to resolve. No challenge, no story!
 
But the project produced a book with some promising5 plots. One of them is about environmentalists who fight to stop entrepreneurs from building the first hotel in Antarctica. Well, there's conflict there and it's plausible6, so it could be a good story.
 
But will these stories actually change anything or just keep us entertained? Ed Finn, the book's editor, thinks the former. He says: "A good science-fiction story can be very powerful. It can inspire hundreds, thousands, millions of people to rally around something that they want to do."
 
The influence of science fiction can already be seen in modern research, says Braden Allenby, Project Hieroglyph participant and Professor of Engineering, Ethics7 and Law at Arizona State University. He asks: "Why are people working on, for example, invisibility cloaks? Well, it's Harry8 Potter, right?"
 
Time will tell how far we can go. Let's dream big and think outside the box. Who knows the wonderful things we can come up with.


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1 Ford KiIxx     
n.淺灘,水淺可涉處;v.涉水,涉過
參考例句:
  • They were guarding the bridge,so we forded the river.他們駐守在那座橋上,所以我們只能涉水過河。
  • If you decide to ford a stream,be extremely careful.如果已決定要涉過小溪,必須極度小心。
2 chaotic rUTyD     
adj.混沌的,一片混亂的,一團糟的
參考例句:
  • Things have been getting chaotic in the office recently.最近辦公室的情況越來越亂了。
  • The traffic in the city was chaotic.這城市的交通糟透了。
3 bleak gtWz5     
adj.(天氣)陰冷的;凄涼的;暗淡的
參考例句:
  • They showed me into a bleak waiting room.他們引我來到一間陰冷的會客室。
  • The company's prospects look pretty bleak.這家公司的前景異常暗淡。
4 hieroglyph YdBxN     
n.象形文字, 圖畫文字
參考例句:
  • Each picture,or hieroglyph,represents either an idea or a sound.每一圖畫或者每一個象形代表著一種想法或者一種聲音。
  • The hieroglyph for"king's son"can be translated as "son-in-law" or "grandfather".象形文字“國王的兒子”還可譯為“女婿”或“祖父”。
5 promising BkQzsk     
adj.有希望的,有前途的
參考例句:
  • The results of the experiments are very promising.實驗的結果充滿了希望。
  • We're trying to bring along one or two promising young swimmers.我們正設法培養出一兩名有前途的年輕游泳選手。
6 plausible hBCyy     
adj.似真實的,似乎有理的,似乎可信的
參考例句:
  • His story sounded plausible.他說的那番話似乎是真實的。
  • Her story sounded perfectly plausible.她的說辭聽起來言之有理。
7 ethics Dt3zbI     
n.倫理學;倫理觀,道德標準
參考例句:
  • The ethics of his profession don't permit him to do that.他的職業道德不允許他那樣做。
  • Personal ethics and professional ethics sometimes conflict.個人道德和職業道德有時會相互抵觸。
8 harry heBxS     
vt.掠奪,蹂躪,使苦惱
參考例句:
  • Today,people feel more hurried and harried.今天,人們感到更加忙碌和苦惱。
  • Obama harried business by Healthcare Reform plan.奧巴馬用醫改掠奪了商界。
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