Rossum Universal Robot Analysis

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In order to achieve human dignity one needs to realize what the definition of being human actually is, and this can be a hard concept to grasp. In the play Rossum’s Universal Robots by Karel Capek readers can see that there is a questioning of humanity. People have many different ideas of what human is and because of this there is a wide variety of opinions on humans, work and dignity. Many questions are often raised as to what factors engulf being a human. Therefore, there is a varying amount of speculation on what the phrase human dignity truly encompasses. To have human dignity there is an aspect of work that needs to be addressed, it gives a holistic human experience that is very hard to achieve otherwise. Work is necessary to attain human …show more content…
In the play there were two sides; we can see arguments for work being necessary for human dignity as well as not. Even though many people think that work is necessary for human dignity there are many critics that may say that life will continue to remain after humans. This can be seen in the words of Alquist in the play “It will begin anew with love; it will start out naked and tiny; it will take root in the wilderness, and to do it all that we did and built will mean nothing—our towns and factories, our art, our ideas will all mean nothing, and yet life will not perish! Only we have perished (Capek, 84).” This argument by Alquist demonstrates that humans are not needed and that life will remain after humanity. The idea that work is not necessary to define human dignity is surfaced here, we can understand that there may be people that believe this to be true. It is stated by Alquist that basically everything we do as humans is not meaningful. This is where the counterargument against human dignity is brought up, stating that work is not meaningful to …show more content…
There are alternative mechanisms in the world that help with everyday means of production. In the play of R.U.R. the main form of the mechanism is the robot. The robots in the play can increase production rates and this is the major factor in distinguishing how necessary human labor is. In order to increase production the idea would be to replace the human with whatever could produce faster and in this case it was the robots. On one hand we can see that the idea of work relates to human dignity but on the other hand Fabry made his point to Helena by stating that “The human machine, Miss Glory, was hopelessly imperfect”…“For work, Miss. One robot can do the work of two and a half human laborers. (Capek, 17)” This strengthens the argument that labor is not necessary for human dignity because other mechanisms should be doing most of the work therefore the humans can relax and focus on whatever they please and thus makes humanity better and easier in a sense. The idea that labor is unnecessary favors the side of the argument that it is more convenient to use robots rather than to rely on human laborers. This counters the idea that the act of work is necessary to humanity and states the lack of work should increase humanity because they will face reduced amounts of role strain that is increased by the work place and it’s

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