First posted on 18 September 2009. Last updated on 23 November 2013.
In its original form, the Czech word "robota", later translated into the English word "robot", was first popularized by the author Karel Čapek—although invented by his brother Josef Čapek—in the 1921 science fiction play Rossum's Universal Robots. Since its early use in that visionary drama as a descriptive term for humanoid biomechanical machines forced to labor, the word has progressively…
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