On this day in 1921 the play R.U.R, (Rossum’s Universal Robots), by Karel Čapek, premiered in the Czech Republic (then Czechoslovakia). The play went on to become a hit in Europe and North America, introducing the word robot to English. The story about artificial beings created to serve humanity who then revolt and kill their masters remains a staple plot for fiction about artificial intelligence to this day.
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