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ERIC Number: EJ919091
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-0270-4676
Remembering the Ancients: Observations on Technoscience in Capek's "R.U.R."
Cornell, Christine
Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, v31 n2 p103-112 Apr 2011
The technoscientific consequences of both the human drives for glory on the one hand and a comfortable life on the other potentially threaten human existence. "R.U.R." (Rossum's Universal Robots), a science fiction play by Karel Capek, bridges ancient writers and contemporary technoscientific endeavors, encouraging individuals to consider these issues in light of persistent human nature. "R.U.R." was first published in 1921. The play might best be described as Oscar Wilde meets H. G. Wells--starting in slightly zany drawing room comedy and satire and ending in the destruction of humanity by the robots people created. At apparent odds with the play's focus on technology--its dehumanizing consequences and potential dangers--are repeated allusions to the ancients and particularly to the story of Troy. (Contains 19 notes.)
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Language: English
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