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Living with the Future

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 1)Split-second lunches, 2)color-keyed 3)disposable dishes — all part of the instant society of tomorrow.

The early vision of disposability was that somehow it just melted into the atmosphere. They didn’t really think about the 4)garbage component1 with all this disposability.

Disposability goes along with the whole idea of everything being very clean and neat and ordered.

The scientific house is most scientific in the kitchen where this 5)unique 6)stove is able to cook a meal in mid-air. 7)Magnetic 8)coils 9)underneath2 the stove-top keep the pan hot enough to fry a mouth-watering meal while the top of the stove remains3 cold and safe to touch. When the stove is turned off, the pan drops and 10)presto4 11)electromagnetic 12)bacon and eggs!

I remember as a kid getting these wonderful books, Popular Science or Popular Mechanics, that were full of 13)fanciful and wonderful ideas, and one of the images shows a housewife with a garden hose in her living room and she’s 14)hosing down her couch. Plastic for furniture, why not? Metal for clothing. Sure. If we can do it, let’s try it.

A perfect example of how you just had to ignore human 15)nature to see that part of the future. You know how many times has AT&T tried to introduce picture phones just to have people go, “No, I don”t want them to see me!”

“The place where electronic wonders 16)abound5 a marriage of sight through the drama of sound. A wonderful coupling of vision and speech, and a ride to the future and a past within reach.”

The role of electronics was wildly underestimated. But that was because they were looking at the future from a 17)standpoint where computers were huge things that took whole rooms full and spinning wheels of magnetic tape.

It’s partly because we always 18)envisioned the future in terms of what we have now only a lot better, so that people in the year 1900 didn”t think of computers, they thought of 19)pneumatic tubes that went real, real, real, real fast. They thought by now you’d be spending your vacations certainly in 20)Mars or 21)Jupiter or some place, maybe a little bit cooler.

I really would like to take that vacation in space now and I’m not sure it’s going to be ready in time.

And the fact that we can fly into space or communicate instantly with one another over vast distances, even the fact that we’ve been able to extend our lives by decades, none of that has really changed who we are. It is in fact the one 22)prediction you can confidently make about the future, be it a hundred or another 1,000 years from now. The standards by which we measure a person’s goodness or evil will be the same as they are today. No matter what our kitchens look like or how we travel the highways of the universe, the essential 23)ingredients of a moral man or woman will be unchanged. CE

 

10、一百年前的幻想未来世界

 

快捷午餐、各色便利碗碟——这些全是未来快节奏的社会的内容。

最早人们只期望便利无处不在。他们却没有真正想过怎样处理废弃的便利用品。

便利在总体含义上要求一切东西干净、整齐、有条有理。

科学住宅的科学性体现在厨房,独特的炉子能悬在半空中做饭。炉底的磁圈能使菜锅变温,烹出令人垂涎欲滴的美味佳肴。而炉顶是凉的,可以安全触碰。当炉子熄灭,菜锅会降下,一道快捷的电磁熏肉鸡蛋就做成了。

我记得在孩童时代就看过《通俗科学》或《通俗力学》,这些奇妙的书里充满富有想像力的奇妙想法,其中一张插图画的是一个女主人正在她的客厅里用软管冲洗她的长沙发。塑料家具——怎么不行?金属衣服——当然好了。如果我们能做出来,尽管试一下吧。

脱离人类天性去想像未来,有一个最佳例子:你们是否知道,美国电信公司实验了多少次才实现可视通话,结果人们却说:“不,我不想别人看到我!”

“这是电子产品的奇迹,是影像与声音的神奇结合。可视通话双重功用,连接过去与未来。”

电子的作用被极大低估了。但那是因为过去人们展望未来时,计算机还是旋着磁带的庞然大物。

还有部分原因是我们总根据现有的一切来设想将来它们变得更好,因此在1900年,没人去想计算机,他们只想有气艇,飞得非常、非常快的气艇。他们还以为现在人类肯定能到火星或土星或其它可能更凉爽的地方度假呢。

我确实很想到太空度假,可我不能确定这想法是否能按时实现。

尽管我们已经做到了飞入太空以及进行远距离的即时交流,甚至我们也延长了人类几十年的寿命,但这些并没有改变人类的真正本质。但关于未来——不管是100年后还是1000年后——你尽管可以放心地预测:我们评价一个人善恶的标准不会变。不论厨房会变成怎样,不论我们将在太空中如何高速畅游,一个品德高尚的人所具备的本质不会改变。CE

1) split-second 一刹那

2) color-keyed 用不同色彩作标记或分类

3) disposable [di5spEdEl] a. 可任意使用的

4) garbage [5ga:bidV] n. 垃圾,废物

5) unique [ju5ni:k] a. 独特的

6) stove [stEuv] n. 炉子

7) magnetic [mAg5netik] a. 磁的,有磁性的

8) coil [kCil] n. 卷线

9) underneath [QndE5ni:W] prep. 在……底下

10) presto [5prestEu] a. 迅速的,快速的

11) electromagnetic [ilektrEu5mAgnitik] a. 电磁的

12) bacon [5beikEn] n. 咸肉,熏肉

13) fanciful [5fAnsiful] a. 稀奇的,奇怪的

14) hose [hEuz] v. 用软管浇水

15) nature [5neitFEr] n. 本性,天性

16) abound [E5baund] v. 充满,富足  

17) standpoint [5stAndpCint] n. 立场,观点

18) envision [in5viVEn] v. 想象,预想

19) pneumatic [nju:5mAtik] a. 装满空气的,风力的

20) Mars [ma:s] n. 火星

21) Jupiter [5dVu:pitEr] n. 木星

22) prediction [pri5dikFEn] n. 预测

23) ingredient [in5gri:diEnt] n. 成分,因素

 

 

 


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1 component epSzv     
n.组成部分,成分,元件;adj.组成的,合成的
参考例句:
  • Each component is carefully checked before assembly.每个零件在装配前都经过仔细检查。
  • Blade and handle are the component parts of a knife.刀身和刀柄是一把刀的组成部分。
2 underneath VKRz2     
adj.在...下面,在...底下;adv.在下面
参考例句:
  • Working underneath the car is always a messy job.在汽车底下工作是件脏活。
  • She wore a coat with a dress underneath.她穿着一件大衣,里面套着一条连衣裙。
3 remains 1kMzTy     
n.剩余物,残留物;遗体,遗迹
参考例句:
  • He ate the remains of food hungrily.他狼吞虎咽地吃剩余的食物。
  • The remains of the meal were fed to the dog.残羹剩饭喂狗了。
4 presto ZByy0     
adv.急速地;n.急板乐段;adj.急板的
参考例句:
  • With something so important,you can't just wave a wand and presto!在这么重大的问题上,你想挥动一下指挥棒,转眼就变过来,办不到!
  • I just turned the piece of wire in the lock and hey presto,the door opened.我把金属丝伸到锁孔里一拧,嘿,那门就开了。
5 abound wykz4     
vi.大量存在;(in,with)充满,富于
参考例句:
  • Oranges abound here all the year round.这里一年到头都有很多橙子。
  • But problems abound in the management of State-owned companies.但是在国有企业的管理中仍然存在不少问题。
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