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Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Where does the word robot come from?


A rare example of a Czech word ('robota') entering English:

robot was introduced to the public by the Czech interwar writer Karel ńĆapek in his play R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots), published in 1920. The play begins in a factory that makes artificial people called robots, though they are closer to the modern ideas of androids, creatures who can be mistaken for humans. They can plainly think for themselves, though they seem happy to serve. At issue is whether the robots are being exploited and the consequences of their treatment. source

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