Etymology of the word 'robot'


The name for “robot” has dark origins.

If you look into the etymology of “robot,” it comes from the Czech word “robota” which translates to forced labor or work.

The word was first used to refer to a fictional humanoid in a play in 1920.

The word robot conjures an image of a mechanical being clad in metal, adorned with all sorts of blinking lights and buttons, and even a funny-sounding voice. Indeed, such robots have become stock characters in science fictions stories, novels, films and television shows.

More recently, robots and the derived term robotics have come to represent the most modern engineering technologies for a myriad of functions ranging from artificial intelligence experiments and building automobiles to performing delicate surgical procedures.


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