Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep Summary

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During the mid twentieth century following World War II, tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union amplified. The two powers and their allies raced to advance and build arms, fueled by a fundamental disagreement in ideologies. This period of hostility known as the Cold War produced a symptom of societal anxiety in America- the Red Scare, where anything remotely related to communism became an extreme taboo. In the minds of Americans, capitalism was right and communism was evil. Shortly after this time in 1968, Philip K. Dick wrote a novel called Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, set in the future where post-apocalyptic, space-colonizing humans begin to question the humanity of both themselves and their realistically humanoid robot servants. While on the surface a…show more content…
The sole company mentioned in this story is the Rosen Corporation. As the leading producer of androids, Rosen updates their models to be so close to humans that it becomes near impossible to tell them apart, potentially endangering lives in the event that those androids go rogue and escape to Earth. When challenged by the bounty hunter, Rick Deckard, the owner of the company responded with, “We produced what the colonists wanted. If our firm hadn’t made these progressively more human types, other firms in the field would have. We knew the risk we were taking when we developed the Nexus-6 brain unit.” Rosen was aware that their decisions could be dangerous, but being motivated by profit, they put ethics aside and developed the models anyways. It is made clear in this quote that those kinds of inconsiderate decisions are made because of the free market, capitalist system forcing companies to compete with each other to survive. Using the Rosen Corporation as an example, Dick exposes the harm of corporations and their business
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