This just in to the events calendar: Universal Robots.
Manhattan Theatre Source presents the world premiere of UNIVERSAL ROBOTS. Mac Rogers freely adapted Czech playwright Karel Capek’s seminal 1921 play R.U.R., which introduced the word “robot” to the world. A science fiction thriller, love story, political allegory, redemptive tragedy and fast-paced entertainment, UNIVERSAL ROBOTS offers a compelling, alternate history of the Twentieth Century, starting with the invention of the robot in 1921 and chronicling the extraordinary consequences of that invention, which changes the world forever.
If that weren’t enough, they’re hosting what sounds to be an interesting panel on the subject of robots:
From Karel Capek’s 1921 play R.U.R. to the Terminator films and Battlestar Galactica, fears of a robot apocalypse have been pervasive in science fiction. Yet, we increasingly look to robotics and artificial intelligence to enrich our lives. Some scientists even suggest that we will have intimate relationships with robots in the near future. Will robots usher in a revolution or a cultural renaissance? Join us for a lively panel discussion on our evolving relationship to robots as well as our fears and desires in today’s wired world.