In past times, not only today, human beings have dreamed of "human-machine" hybrids, which, or who, could help, hurt, collaborate with, and/or challenge us. Robot Dreams: Past Tense Aaron Marcus: Looking back through history, how did people define "robots?" Bruce Sterling: The term comes from theater. It was invented by Karel Capek's brother Josef, who was a painter. Karel Capek introduced the term in his satirical drama "RUR or Rossum's Universal Robots" in 1921. This play is basically an anti-capitalist satire warning against greedy technocrats debasing the working class into mere money-making machinery. The play was an international…
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