R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots)

R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots)

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R.U.R.-- written in 1920 -- garnered worldwide acclaim for its author and popularized the word "robot." Mass produced, efficient, and servile labor, Capek's robots remember everything, but lack creative thought, and the Utopian life they provide ultimately lacks meaning. When the robots revolt, killing all but one of their masters, they must atttempt to learn the secret of self-duplication.
Publisher: London ; New York : Penguin Books, 2004
ISBN: 9780141182087
Branch Call Number: 891.86252 C1708R 2004
Characteristics: xxv, 84 pages ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Novack, Claudia


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JCLJackV Oct 17, 2018

R.U.R. was interesting to me mainly as a historical curiosity. Old science fiction usually comes across to modern readers as either eerily prophetic or quaint. R.U.R. is more of the latter. But while it won't exactly alter your worldview, it is interesting to see concerns like robot revolutions and a future without human labor reflected in such an early work. Čapek's robots aren't the result of advanced computer engineering; they are spun out of vats like some raw industrial product. But despite this very different view of the technology involved, the resulting robot uprising is so familiar as to seem cliché (although it's written with century-old conventions, which certainly introduces an interesting element of difference). If nothing else, it's short.


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