Saturday, June 30, 2012

A Bit Of Trivia

A bit of trivia for today: The term "robot" was coined in Czeck playwright Karel Čapek's 1920 play R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots) to describe artificial humans built to serve mankind. The writer used these creations to tackle issues of exploitation and subjugation. The word is derived from the Czech term for drudgery or hard work and shows up in Eastern Europe (particularly in Austro-Hungarian regions) as a surname.

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