It's no surprise that <em>Artemis
</em>a book with intelligent, non-human characters—hooks these characters
up with advanced tech. It's a classic science fiction move (the aliens always
reach us before we reach them) with a twist—instead of using their advanced
technology to create a space for themselves in the world, the People use it to
hide themselves from surface eyes.
Technology is the only thing fairies really have on the
humans… at least until Artemis takes this from them too. It also separates the
old from the young, as Haven gets more and more technology-driven and the old "pure
magic" enthusiasts are drowned out.
Questions About Technology and Modernization
Why is it that, even in the fairy world, there's still only one genius guy (or centaur) in control of the whole operating system?
Why does Artemis have a video system in Fowl Manor that is soeasily hacked by Foaly, when he has every other security gadget possible?
Are science and gut instinct really incompatible like Rootbelieves?
If the length of the time-stop and the effects of the bio-bombare modern fairy engineering, how would Artemis know about them by reading that
dusty old Book?
Chew on This
Root thinks that technology and innovation are ruining all the
magic, but what's really happening is that the People are using science to
optimize magic and turn it into a more stable, controlled thing.
The reason Foaly has been able to stay steps ahead of human
technology is that he is a combination of both worlds—half human/half horse,
mythical but not quite magical. He's able to unify technology and magic in a
way that fairies and humans typically can't.