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Capek and Robots

My newspaper today has a quote from the great Czech writer Carel Capek who first coined the term robot in its modern sense. “Man will never be enslaved by machinery if the man tending the machinery is paid enough.” This sums up the eternal dilemma presented by machinery: the utopian notion of freeing humanity of … Continue reading

Robot Myths and Origins

Robot Myths and Origins

We think of robots as being a very modern, even futuristic invention, but the ideas behind them date back thousands of years. . The word ‘Robot’ was coined by Karel Capek in his 1920 play ‘Rossum’s Universal Robots’ in which automata were built to replace humans in boring or dangerous work. The word is derived … Continue reading