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Where did the term robot come from and what does it mean?

Last Updated: 19th December, 2021

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The term comes from a Czech word, robota, meaning "forced labor"; the word 'robot' was first used to denote a fictional humanoid in a 1920 play R.U.R. (Rossumovi Univerzální Roboti - Rossum's Universal Robots) by the Czech writer, Karel Čapek but it was Karel's brother Josef Čapek who was the word's true inventor.

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Also know, what does the name robot mean?

The word robot was coined by artist Josef Čapek, the brother of famed Czechoslovakian author Karel Čapek. 'Roboti' derives from the Old Church Slavanic 'rabota', meaning 'servitude', which in turn comes from 'rabu', meaning 'slave'. The robots in R.U.R.

Similarly, how old is the word robot? As a word, robot is a relative newcomer to the English language. It was the brainchild of a brilliant Czech playwright, novelist and journalist named Karel Čapek (1880-1938) who introduced it in his 1920 hit play, R.U.R., or Rossum's Universal Robots.

Likewise, people ask, who coined the term robot and in what context was it first used?

The term 'Robotics' was coined by Russian-born American science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov and it was used for the first time in his short story called 'Liar!' which was published in 1941. Asimov also proposed the three "Laws of Robotics" in 1942 which describe the definition and characteristics of a robot.

What is the name of first AL robot?

[In 1954 George Devol invented the first digitally operated and a programmable robot called the Unimate. In 1956, Devol and his partner Joseph Engelberger formed the world's first robot company. In 1961, the first industrial robot, Unimate, went online in a General Motors automobile factory in New Jersey.]

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