In RUR, one of the developments that we hear of happens offstage: nations begin using robots as soldiers. The paper headlines reads, ““The Robot soldiers […]
ROBOT101 events (10/20-10/22): Prof. Jindrich Toman plus performances of R.U.R.
Performances of R.U.R. are taking place this weekend – and this week we have Prof. Jindrich Toman providing background on the writer Karel Čapek and […]
There is a new book out, Tokyoids (MIT Press), which looks at a peculiar Japanese architectural aesthetic of buildings that look like robots. Now there […]
ROBOT101 events (10/13, 10/14, 10/15): Prof. Heather Love plus performances of R.U.R.
The first performances of R.U.R. are taking place this weekend – preceded by a talk by Prof. Heather Love putting the play into context. Thu […]
Leading robotics firms say “General Purpose Robots Should Not Be Weaponized”
In an open letter, Boston Dynamics, Agility Robotics, ANYbotics, Clearpath Robotics, Open Robotics and Unitree pledge: “we will not weaponize our advanced-mobility general-purpose robots or […]
ROBOT101 events (10/4 and 10/5): Writer Alexander Weinstein and After Yang
This week, writer Alexander Weinstein (author of Children of the New World and Universal Love) visits Michigan Tech for two ROBOT101 events. On Tuesday, October […]
First ROBOT101 lunch talk this Thursday (9/29): Creating a Comic Adaptation of R.U.R.
The first public event of the ROBOT101 series is this Thursday (September 29) at noon, in the Library East Reading Room. Lunch will be provided. […]
The robots are here. And they are making you fries.
Who (or what)’s flipping your burger? A Washington Post article describes new technology with huge potential consequences for the restaurant industry.
“Klara” author Kazuo Ichiguro explores the relationship between technology and humans
A New York Times article from 2021 explores the life and work of Kazuo Ichiguro, making connections between his most recent novel Klara and the […]
Robot gets physical during chess match
News item from July: “A chess-playing robot broke the finger of a 7-year-old boy who was competing against it during a recent tournament in Moscow.” […]