Robot is 100!

  • 02 Feb 2021
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100 years ago, the Czech writer Karel Čapek premiered his iconic drama R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots), which introduced the word "robot" to the world, at Prague's National Theater. The UCLA Library and the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Los Angeles are delighted to invite you to a virtual panel discussion "Robot is 100!”on Thursday, February 4th, 2021 at 3 PM ET.

Webinar exploring the influence of Karel Čapek's play "R.U.R." on other forms of art, and the future of robotics 

Thursday, February 4th at 3:00 pm (est)

Learn more about the future of artificial intelligence with distinguished Professor of Computer Science, Neuroscience, and Pediatrics at USC and the founding director of the USC Robotic and Autonomous Systems Center Ms. Maja Matarić, and two established science fiction writers Mr. Alvaro Zinos-Amaro and Mr. Jaroslav Veis, who will give insight into Karel Čapek's revolutionary play R.U.R and its heritage.

The online panel will be hosted by the Czech Consul General Amb. Jaroslav Olša, Jr. who is also an editor of numerous anthologies of science fiction, including ROBOT100, a collection of stories by primarily Czech writers inspired by R.U.R.

To further explore the past, present, and future of artificial intelligence, visit UCLA Library’s virtual exhibit Robot is 100! Karel Čapek's R.U.R. and the Robot in Pop Culture. You can learn more about Karel Čapek’s life and R.U.R. in a complementary UCLA Library Research Guide.

Enjoy an audio created by the BBC Sounds: “The Robots are Us.” This BBC Radio Documentary features Jesse Brown O’Dell, PhD. graduate from the UCLA Department of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Languages and Cultures.

Join our webinar: please register here.

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