July 25, 2016
- robot (noun)
- What does it mean?
- 1 a : a machine that looks and acts like a human being b : a capable but unfeeling person2 : a device that automatically performs tasks that are complicated and often continuously repeated
- How do you use it?
- As Marcus brought the trash and recycling to the curb, he daydreamed about the invention of a robot that could do his daily chores while he spent his time shooting baskets.
- Are you a word wiz?
You may be surprised to learn that the word "robot" was invented not by an engineer but by a writer! Who do you think invented the word "robot"?In 1920, Czech writer Karel Capek published a play titled _R.U.R._. Those initials stood for "Rossum's Universal Robots," which was the name of a fictional company that manufactured humanlike machines designed to perform all hard, dull, dangerous work for people. The machines in the play eventually grew to resent their jobs and rebelled -- with disastrous results for humans. Capek formed his name for those machines, "robot," from the Czech word "robota," which means "forced labor." "Robot" made its way into our language in 1923 when _R.U.R._ was translated into English.