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R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots) (Penguin Classics) Paperback – March 30, 2004
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?A great writer of the past who speaks to the present in a voice brilliant, clear, honorable, blackly funny, and prophetic.? (Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.)"
Original Language: Czech --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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The ultimate problem in Karel Capek's extraordinary play, R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots) is that the robots created by humanity's journeymen imitated humanity so abominably well.
Written in 1920 and first produced in 1921 RUR opened to critical worldwide acclaim. Although RUR is best remembered for introducing the word robot into the lexicon (the word was coined by Karel's brother and some time collaborator Josef Capek) it is more a somber reflection on humanity than on the emergence of robots.
The play opens on an unnamed island at some point in time after 1920 where lifelike robots are being produced by Rossum's Universal Robots. The officers of the corporation meet a young lady, Helena, who has come to the island on behalf of the League of Humanity, determined to help liberate these robots from the inhumane working conditions that confront them. The executives fill Helena in on the history of the company, particularly the father-son team of Rossums that developed the first robots. Capek makes it a point to describe the difference between the father and the son. The father was a "scientific materialist" whose desire to create an imitation of man grew out of his wish to prove that God was unnecessary. The son thought this was both silly and inefficient and sought nothing more than to produce robots capable of working non-stop.
Each of the following scenes takes place at some unspecified point in the future. The millions of robots produced take on all the industrial and agricultural work performed formerly by men and women. This leads to unintended consequences. First, the lack of necessity (the need to work) in everyday life leads to a few worker revolts.Read more ›
The play itself is both a very interesting perspective on early thinking about man's relationship with modern technology and a critical reflection on man and his humanity. (Although it isn't terribly deep in its reflection.)
The extensive introduction is a cornucopia of information about the author as well as many events in Europe between the two wars.
In its time this was a worldwide sensation. Obviously the fact that it caught the whole world's attention attests to its historical significance. Who hasn't heard of Robots?
Overall this should be required reading for anyone interested in either modern literature or science fiction or dystopian fiction.
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a great book going through fundamental questions on the use of robotics and AI despite being very-very old (for the field)Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A very interesting read. Very nice for those who already like science fiction.
The interesting and different thing about Čapek's 'R.U.R. Read more
Steeped in early 20th century morality and Old Testament biblical references, I found this a hard play to like. Read morePublished on March 27, 2011 by geezergeek