‘Chinese Room’ explores artificial intelligence in Williamstown

Image 1of/1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Brian. F. O’Byrne, left, and Carson Elrod in “The Chinese Room” at Williamstown Theatre Festival. (WTF publicity photo by T. Charles Erickson.) Brian. F. O’Byrne, left, and Carson Elrod in “The Chinese Room” at Williamstown Theatre Festival. (WTF publicity photo by T. Charles Erickson.) ‘Chinese Room’ explores artificial intelligence in Williamstown 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Williamstown, Mass. Although science fiction has a much richer tradition in literature and film than it does in theater, the word “robot” was introduced to the world in a play, “Rossum’s Universal Robots,” by Czech writer Karel Capek. In the drama, first produced in 1921, humanlike robots rebel and threaten mankind’s existence. Nearly a century has passed, but androids still feel like a novelty on the stage.…


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