Attractive Androids

  • Stephen Webb
Part of the Science and Fiction book series (SCIFICT)


The Czech playwright Karel Čapek, in his play R.U.R., was the first to use the word ‘robot’. Twenty years later, Isaac Asimov began an influential series of stories in which robots were treated as a technology like any other. But long before Čapek and Asimov, writers pondered whether technologies such as clockwork could be used to manufacture lifelike automata—and, if automata could indeed be manufactured, how people would relate to them. As technology improves, we are now on the verge of finding out the extent to which humans and androids can coexist.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen Webb
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  1. 1.DCQE University of PortsmouthLee-on-the-SolentUK

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