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Cog·i·ta·tion [koj-i-tey'-shun] – noun: Concerted
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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 robots.