November 5, 2013 AT 5:59 pm

Mysteries of Vernacular: The Etymology of “Robot”

Jessica Oreck and Rachael Teel at TED-Ed created a short about the history of the word Robot:

In 1920, Czech writer Karel Čapek wrote a play about human-like machines, thereby inventing the term robot from the Central European word for forced labor. Jessica Oreck and Rachael Teel explain how the science fiction staple earned its name.

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