Boston area roboticists: check out Rossum's Universal Robots
The word "robot" originated from Karel Capek's 1921 play Rossum's Universal Robots, which details the very first robot uprising. Rather than refer to mechanical men, "robot" was derived from a Czech word that means, according to different sources, labor, drudgery, forced labor, or serf. Boston-area robot geeks have the opportunity to check out a performance of RUR through the end of this week, thanks to Flat Earth Theatre at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown. Tickets are $15; check out the details.