Sunday, January 09, 2011

TOEFL Essay - The 21st Century

Q. The 21st century has begun. What changes do you think this new century will bring? Use examples and details in your answer.

The 21st century is already on top of us. This first decade has really held us down by the wrists in a way that doesn't win friends. This decade hasn't been serving up amiable relations, and I don't see change likely. What science fiction writers dreamed would be an intergalactic jubilee of togetherness has ventured off into the shoe store of cheesy and smelly unshowered consumerism where different styles vie for our spending.

Robots are useful in movies. Each arm and leg movement works as a translator to human goods. These mechanisms are sometimes cheeky, and sometimes they err in ways that advance the plot. Surprisingly, a robot saves a person within each sci-fi novel while other robots simultaneously work to thwart human life's continuity. Imagine in the winter as a salt truck pours down the street next to the silent basketball court if there were robots with medicine next to robots with human piercing weaponry. There might be prison robots, some for enforcing, some for medication and still others for love. This is not the future we've been given, however. Robots now make goods. That is all they do. These goods' lives culminate being fought over if they're popular or returned to distributors if they aren't. Robots lead lives of quiet inability to program robot arms in an intelligent way. Technology in the 21st century, instead of being raised to the sublime, has fallen to the most mundane of uses.

The great party we all expected in 1999 to happen in 2009 never came to fruition. Instead, we stood around in plumes of dust. In a rather lack of bizarre balancing acts, our tables have been moved farther apart. Elbow room is what we now require. Shoulder our arms, each table a matte fortress. The robots are in the kitchen, where we cannot interface, preparing our meals. They don't even do that. These robots grind used food into compost, and we cheer that. We accept that ta robotic swirling blade performs no more function than to grind up orange rinds. This resignation, sounds like we should be so disgusted.

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