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The Robot Uprising Turns 70 Today

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Today is the 70th anniversary of science fiction on television. On Feb. 11, 1938, the BBC broadcast its adaptation of a section of the Karel Capek play R.U.R., about androids that rise up against their human creators. Capek's play is the origin of the word "robot," which comes from the Slovak work "robota," meaning work. [ComicMix]


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Annalee Newitz

Asimov has written in several places that RUR was the inspiration for his own work.