On this day in history… the word “robot” was introduced to the world when it was used in a play that premiered on this date. In what year was the word “robot” introduced?
A science fiction play, R.U.R., was written by Karel Capek. R.U.R. stands for Rossum’s Universal Robots, an English phrase used as the subtitle in the Czech original. The play begins in a factory that makes artificial people, made of synthetic organic matter, called “robots.” Unlike the modern usage of the term, these creatures are closer to the modern idea of cyborgs or even clones, as they can be mistaken for humans and can think for themselves. They seem happy to work for humans, although that changes, and a hostile robot rebellion leads to the extinction of the human race.
The play introduced the word Robot which displaced older words such as “automaton” or “android” in languages around the world. The play premiered on January 2, 1921.
Isaac Asimov, author of the Robot series of books and creator of the Three Laws of Robotics, stated: “Capek’s play is, in my own opinion, a terribly bad one, but it is immortal for that one word. It contributed the word ‘robot’ not only to English but, through English, to all the languages in which science fiction is now written.”
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Tonight we had a total of 28 people check into the Net and 9 of them had the correct answer to the Trivia Question. Congratulations to:
- Khalil – K6FCC
- John – KD6JEV
- Jerry – KD6JPD
- Mark – W6MWL
- Leon – AF6TT
- Louie – AD6UP
- Murray – WA6USL
- Bob – KJ6UVT
- Bob – KB6YVA
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