Domin is the head of RUR, Rossum’s Universal Robots, a company that produces extremely lifelike robots who are programmed to do nothing but work. However, some time ago the robots were modified to make them slightly more ‘human’ and the result was a revolt in which the robots rose up against their servitude. In this speech, the angry robots have surround Domin’s house. They are extremely strong and far outnumber the small group of humans in the house. In this speech, knowing that the end is nigh, Domin tries to justify the choices he made that have led to this checkmate…

Alquist, this is our last hour. We are already speaking half in the other world. 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! – […]To hell with your dividends. Do you suppose I’d have done an hour’s work for them? It was for myself that I worked, for my own satisfaction. I wanted man to become the master, so that he shouldn’t live merely for a crust of bread. I wanted not a single soul to be broken by other people’s machinery. I wanted nothing, nothing, nothing to be left of this appalling social structure. I’m revolted by poverty. I wanted a new generation. I wanted! – I thought! – […] I wanted to turn the whole of mankind into an aristocracy of the world. An aristocracy nourished by milliards of mechanical slaves. Unrestricted, free and consummated in man. And maybe more than man. […]…Yes. Oh, only to have a hundred years of time! Another hundred years for the future of mankind.