Nearly 100 years ago, the word “robot” was invented by the Czechoslovak brothers Karel and Josef Čapek. The word appeared
for the first time in Karel’s theatre play titled R.U.R. in 1920.
The play is about humanoid robots who seem happy to work
for humans at first, but later a robot rebellion leads to the extinction
of the human race. The play achieved a fast international success when it was performed not only in Prague but also in London, New York or Chicago.
Karel Čapek was one of the first people who thought of a potential threat if machine-robot inventions happen too fast or without
a regulation. Did he predict the threats of the 21st century?
Or… are robots no danger for us?
So far, robots can perform many easy tasks, but we want to challenge them! To celebrate the centenary of the invention
of the word “robot” we want to know if a robot can write
a theatre play. Do you think artificial intelligence is able to create
a theatre script? Can it write a play about its own father Karel Čapek, who wrote about robots 100 years ago?
Why are we doing this? Most people do not know what today’s robots are capable of. Sometimes they fear robots’ abilities which are not real and sometimes they do not want to admit that we are surrounded
by robots almost everywhere. We want to start a conversation
about what robots of today can and cannot do and where they
should and should not be used.