These original Kirt's Cogitations™
may be reproduced (no more than 5, please) provided proper credit is given to me, Kirt
– noun: Concerted thought or reflection; meditation; contemplation.
Kirt [kert] – proper noun: RF Cafe webmaster.
Rossum's Universal Robots
The term "robot"
was coined in 1921 by Czech playwright Karl Capek. It is based on the
Czech word meaning "compulsory labor," or "serf," and was used in his
play "R.U.R." (Rossum's Universal Robots). His robots were not mechanical
in nature, but were created by chemical means. Capek himself rejected
the idea that mechanical robots were possible, as evidenced by his 3rd-person
writing, "It is with horror, frankly, that he rejects all responsibility
for the idea that metal contraptions could ever replace human beings,
and that by means of wires they could awaken something like life, love,
or rebellion. He would deem this dark prospect to be either an overestimation
of machines, or a grave offence against life." Capek died in 1938 before
he could witness the first modern industrial robots. The Unimates were
developed by George Devol and Joe Engelberger (the Father of Robots)
in the late 50s and early 60s to handle parts transfer on production
lines, and Unimation (Universal Automation) was formed to market the