This is just one example of drastic change that was initially viewed by naysayers as something that would never be adopted by the public at large. Society has seen dozens - if not hundreds - of innovative technologies become part of mainstream culture.
Much like the turbulent and momentous history of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, Shelley's Frankenstein was published in 1818, during a time of incredible change and innovation. It was the age of the Industrial Revolution, and society was undergoing enormous transformation. Efficient steam engines led to increased mechanization, to large factories, and to the ever-rising production of consumer goods. Yet not all of these discoveries and changes were positive. We unleashed the power of the atomic bomb in the twentieth century, and destroyed whole cities with it. We continue to carelessly pollute our environment with toxic waste. And we have destroyed whole ecosystems in our insatiable thirst for oil and coal.
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