History Of Robots The term ‘robot’ derived from a czech word ‘robota’, meaning ‘drudgery’ or slave-like labor’. It was first used to describe fabricated workers in a fictional 1921 play by czech author Karel Capek entitled ‘rossum’s universal robots’. in the story, a scientist invents robots to help people by performing simple, repetitive tasks.
Who coined the term ‘robot’? A Czech writer and journalist called Karel Capek. He wrote a play called ‘Rossum’s Universal Robots (R.U.R.)’ in 1920. In it the robots take over the world and kill the human race. Remarkably, he wrote the play way before robots even existed!
Karel Capek Czech writer introduced the word “Robot” in his play “R.U.R” (Rossuum’s Universal Robots). “Robot” in Czech comes from the word “robota,” which means “compulsory labor.”
Illustration for R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots) by Karel Čapek, 1920 It is from this play that we get the word "Robot"