R.U.R. and the Vision of Artificial Life

Capek, Karel

| 2024

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A new translation of Karel Čapek's play R.U.R.--which famously coined the term "robot"--and a collection of essays reflecting on the play's legacy from scientists and scholars who work in artificial life and robotics. Karel Čapek's "R.U.R." and the Vision of Artificial Life offers a new, highly faithful translation by Stěp n Simek of Czech novelist, playwright, and critic Karel Čapek's play R.U.R.: Rossum's Universal Robots, as well as twenty essays from contemporary writers on the 1920 play. R.U.R. is perhaps best known for first coining the term "robot" (in Czech, robota means serfdom or arduous drudgery). The twenty essays in this new English edition, beautifully edited by Jitka Čejkov , are selected from Robot 100, an edited collection in Czech with perspectives from 100 contemporary voices that was published in 2020 to celebrate...

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