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.”
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!
Illustration for R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots) by Karel Čapek, 1920 It is from this play that we get the word "Robot"