These are just a few things I was thinking of in class the other day. The most interesting aspect of The Futurological Congress to me was whether the new world even has humans. It seemed that they were basically constructed like robots and much less “human” physically than the “robot” clones of R.U.R. Even if they are people, they have to be completely different than before. Because of all the pills and drugs, whatever is left of their brains must not feel, act or think like the person that they once were. Also, their bodies are in such bad condition that I do not understand how they are reproducing at such a fast rate either.
Another issue I had was why there were so few people in the street when he saw the real (?) world; do only some people show up in the real world? Are some of the people just part of the hallucinations and don’t actually exist in a physical form?(maybe there’s still limited resources, just not overcrowding? But that seems to contradict everything else he described)
It seems like the people would be able to realize that something is amiss; I kept thinking of car wrecks and whether imaginary cars would show damage (since you have to be able to see other people’s cars to know where to drive, presumably)