Why R.U.R ?
The name for this site was chosen from the title of a play
by Karel Câpec
who coined the word robot (from the Czech word for worker.)
The play describes clearly, maybe even naively, the
conflicts that can be created by a quick deployment of
technologies, and is just as valid today.
In any case we prefer the view exposed by Arthur C. Clarke's
``The City and the Stars'' where the robots are described
just as today's light switch... working underground,
embedded in the social structure and without any
In the same line of thought the analog to
The network is the computer -- B. Joy
is naturally (thus the motto for the site)
The web is the robot
in the sense that the web embodies a bit of the
spirit of the robot and the functionality of
today's light switch.