In Rossum’s Universal Robots, the world has been taken over by human-like robots. On the final days of earth, the scientists discuss how they do not regret their dream of creating robots. As Harry Domin exclaims:
It was not an evil dream to shatter the servitude of labor!–– the dreadful and humiliating labor that man had to undergo. Work was too hard. Life was too hard. And to overcome that!––
However, RUR shows the value of hard work when the humans are killed other than Alquist, a builder for RUR.
He works with his hands like the Robots.
It’s interesting how while skill and hard work were trying to be eliminated through the use of robots, the robots ended up saving just one person because they believed he must have some skill and work hard at creating new robots. The reward of labor is life. In addition, while the robots were trying to be more humanlike, they too did not want the servitude of labor either.
Source: RUR, Continued