It's Been 100 Years and the Robots Still Haven't Taken Over | Literary Hub

by Graham H. Cox last modified 2017-09-11T09:11:06-04:00
> The 20th-century symbol of ambivalence toward technology was the robot, invented in its modern form by the Czech playwright Karel Čapek. The word “robot” comes from the Czech robota, meaning “forced labor,” a term that derives in turn from rab meaning “slave.” Initially this referred to programmed machines that released factory workers from repetitive toil but simultaneously threatened their livelihood, a comment on Henry Ford’s moving assembly line, introduced in 1913 for the mass production of automobiles.

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