robot (W3)Der "Roboter", span. "robot", frz. "robot", ital. "robot", ndl. "robot", engl. "robot", geht über tschech. "robota" = dt. "schwere, mühsame Arbeit", "Frondienst" und tchesch. "rabu" = dt. "Sklave", "Knecht", "Diener" zurück auf ein postuliertes ide. "*orbh-" = dt. "verwaist", "Waise". Auf diese Wurzel werden auch griech. "orphanos" = dt. "verwaist", engl. "orphan" = dt. "Waise", dt. "Arbeit", dt. "Erbe" und evtl. dt. "arm" zurück geführt.
Engl. "robot" erschien bereits im frühen 19. Jh. zur Bezeichnung einer bestimmten Art von dt. "Leibeigenschaft" in Osteuropa.
Als Wurzel wird ide. "*rob-" postuliert, das als Metathese "*orb-" auch die Wurzel von dt. "Arbeit" ist.
Word History: This Good Word comes to us from Czech, the stem of "robotiti" "to work as a slave or a drudge". It was originally applied to the mechanical men and women in the play R. U. R. (Rossum's Universal Robots) by Karel Capek (1920). The root in the Czech word is "rob-", also found in Russian "rab" "slave" and "rabota" "work". If you metathesize (switch) the [r] and the [a], as has often happened naturally in Indo-European languages, you get "arb-", the root in German "Arbeit" "work", also found in other Germanic languages.
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"bot": n [common on IRC, MUD and among gamers; from "robot"]
"robot" (n.), 1923, from English translation of 1920 play "R.U.R." ("Rossum's Universal Robots"), by Karel Capek (1890-1938), from Czech robotnik "forced worker", from "robota" "forced labor", "compulsory service", "drudgery", from "robotiti" "to work", "drudge", from an Old Czech source akin to Old Church Slavonic "rabota" "servitude", from "rabu" "slave", from Old Slavic "*orbu-", from PIE "*orbh-" "pass from one status to another" (see "orphan"). The Slavic word thus is a cousin to German "Arbeit" "work" (Old High German "arabeit"). According to Rawson the word was popularized by Karel Capek's play, "but was coined by his brother Josef (the two often collaborated), who used it initially in a short story."
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"robot" /n./ [IRC, MUD] An IRC or MUD user who is actually a program. On IRC, typically the "robot" provides some useful service. Examples are NickServ, which tries to prevent random users from adopting nicks already claimed by others, and MsgServ, which allows one to send asynchronous messages to be delivered when the recipient signs on. Also common are "annoybots", such as KissServ, which perform no useful function except to send cute messages to other people. Service robots are less common on MUDs; but some others, such as the `Julia' robot active in 1990-91, have been remarkably impressive Turing-test experiments, able to pass as human for as long as ten or fifteen minutes of conversation.
Definition of robot
1: a machine that resembles a living creature in being capable of moving independently (as by walking or rolling on wheels) and performing complex actions (such as grasping and moving objects)
2a: a device that automatically performs complicated, often repetitive tasks (as in an industrial assembly line)
2b: a mechanism guided by automatic controls
3: a person who resembles a machine in seeming to function automatically or in lacking normal feelings or emotions
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The Internet of Things Will Be the World's Biggest Robot
Where does the word "robot" come from?
The word "robot" was coined by artist Josef Capek, the brother of famed Czechoslovakian author Karel Capek. Karel Capek was, among other things, a science fiction author before there was something officially known as science fiction, in subject matter along the same vein as George Orwell. He introduced the word in a play called R.U.R. The full title translating into English as "Rossum’s Universal Robots", which debuted in January of 1921.
While writing this play, he struggled to come up with a word to name the robots, initially settling on "labori", from the Latin "labor". He discussed this with his brother, Josef, and Josef suggested "roboti", which gave rise to the English "robot". "Roboti" derives from the Old Church Slavanic "rabota", meaning "servitude", which in turn comes from "rabu", meaning "slave".
- (1) A device that responds to sensory input. See under robotics.
- (2) A program that runs automatically without human intervention. Typically, a robot is endowed with some artificial intelligence so that it can react to different situations it may encounter. Two common types of robots are agents and spiders.
"Robots.txt" is common name of a text file that is uploaded to a Web site's root directory and linked in the html code of the Web site. The "robots.txt" file is used to provide instructions about the Web site to Web robots and spiders. Web authors can use "robots.txt" to keep cooperating Web robots from accessing all or parts of a Web site that you want to keep private.
A "robot", commonly referred to as a "bot", is a computer program designed to complete a repetitive task.
To learn more about "robots", see "Bot".
"Robot" comes from the Czech word "robot", which means "worker". In 1923, Karl Capek, a well-known, Czech, science-fiction writer at the time, wrote a futuristic thriller about a nightmarish scenario in which the machines have taken over (a la, the "Terminator") and implanted circuitry in humans to make them into mindless zombies willing to serve them as workers or "robots".
ISO 8373 Manipulating Industrial Robots - Vocabulary
Robots are a staple of science fiction and increasingly an important part of life in our present-day world. The word comes from the Czech "robota", a word literally meaning "forced labor", but which is also used figuratively to mean "drudgery", "hard work". "Robota" has cognates in several Slavic languages, and the use of "robot" in English to refer to the system of serfdom ["Leibeigenschaft"] in Eastern Europe dates to the early nineteenth century.
But the sense meaning an artificial being that can, in some fashion, take the place of a human is more recent. Czech writer Karel Capek (1890–1938) created this new sense by modifying the word robota and coining robot in his 1920 play R. U. R. (which stands for Rossum’s Universal Robots). The dystopian play, set in a robot factory, is about a world where humans rely on robot labor. In what is now an all-too-familiar plot (Terminator; Battlestar Galactica; I, Robot; 2001: A Space Odyssey; ...) , the robots rebel, killing all the humans, save one, but in the end, the robots discover love and become a new form of humanity. Capek credited his brother Josef for helping him come up with the word.
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Engl. "robot" taucht in der Literatur um das Jahr 1680 / 1900 auf.