Robot is 100!

Thursday, Feb 4, 2021 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Image of robot statue flanked by other robots in background

A virtual panel discussion exploring the influence of Karel Čapek's science fiction play "R.U.R." on other forms of art and the future of robotics

100 years ago Czech writer Karel Čapek published his iconic drama R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots), which introduced the word "robot" to the world. The Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Los Angeles and the UCLA Library are delighted to invite you to a virtual panel discussion exploring the influence of "R.U.R." on other forms of art and the future of robotics.

Image credit Mikuláš Podprocký

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 discuss the heritage of Karel Čapek's revolutionary play R.U.R.

The online panel will be moderated 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 the 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.

Co-sponsored by the UCLA Department of Slavic, East European & Eurasian Languages and Cultures




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