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 Čapek 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

A version of this post is included in the English FAQ Teaching Pack  Download for only £1.99 with offer code CQDWKF0

Japanese Androids Train for First Ever Robot Marathon


  1. Probably from Japan! They've always been trying to create new technologies and machines, so it should be possible!

  2. It's Czech word :)

  3. To B Or... Not To B.

    The first part spelled backwards and it's right there in the cartoon. Is this some sort of Rod Sterling moment that no one is seeing this but me?


Powered By Blogger · Designed By ESOL Extras