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Four times Shakespeare has inspired stories about robots and AI

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Science fiction is a genre very much associated with technological marvels, innovations, and visions of the future. So it may be surprising to find so many of its writers are drawn to Shakespeare – he's a figure associated with tradition and the past. Sometimes his plays are reworked in a science fiction setting. The 1956 film Forbidden Planet is just one of many variations on a "Tempest in space" theme. Sometimes the playwright appears as a character caught up in a time travel adventure.


Four times Shakespeare has inspired stories about robots and AI

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When their inventor the aptly named Dr Capek dies, the robot who plays Hamlet determines to find out the truth and just like Shakespeares original prince avenge the murder of his creator.This is just one example of a strange apparent association between Hamlet and robots.


4 times Shakespeare has inspired stories about robots and AI

#artificialintelligence

Science fiction is a genre very much associated with technological marvels, innovations, and visions of the future. So it may be surprising to find so many of its writers are drawn to Shakespeare – he's a figure associated with tradition and the past. Sometimes his plays are reworked in a science fiction setting. The 1956 film Forbidden Planet is just one of many variations on a "Tempest in space" theme. Sometimes the playwright appears as a character caught up in a time travel adventure.


Rare maps and paintings shed light on artwork that influenced William Shakespeare

Daily Mail - Science & tech

They may have been penned around 450 years ago, but Shakespeare's plays about love and loss are still as popular today. Now the British Library has posted 300 manuscripts, maps and illustrations online to show what likely inspired the Bard to write plays such as Hamlet and The Tempest. Among them are drawings of monsters thought to inspire the creation of Caliban, a supernatural mirror and witch pamphlets that may have influenced Macbeth and titillating souvenirs from Venice, as well as the only surviving play script written in Shakespeare's hand. The British Library has posted 300 manuscripts, maps and illustrations online to show what probably inspired the Bard to write plays such as Hamlet. The manuscript on the left shows monsters depicted in a medieval book that may have influenced the creation of Caliban in The Tempest, while the engraving on the right shows a'native American' informing Shakepeare's idea of exotic lands'We wanted to provide an online reference for anyone interested in understanding and enjoying Shakespeare and bring his world to life to help people relate to texts and understand their historical and cultural context', Puck Fletcher said, who helped to develop the Discovering Literature site.


In "Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus," Taylor Mac Takes on Shakespeare--and Trump

The New Yorker

Even by the grisly standards of Elizabethan revenge tragedies, Shakespeare's "Titus Andronicus" is an outlandish charnel house. Titus, a Roman general, executes a son of Tamora, the Queen of the Goths, in retaliation for the Goths killing his twenty-one sons in battle. Two of Tamora's sons then rape Titus's daughter, Lavinia; Titus slits their throats and has them baked into a pie and served to their mother. Shakespeare, it seems, wanted to surpass in bloodiness not only his contemporary rivals--Christopher Marlowe, with his gleefully sadistic antiheroes; Thomas Kyd, whose crazed avengers pursue murder and dismemberment--but also his classical sources. In these works, the female characters, in particular, are subjected to horrendous violence.