Where does the word “ROBOT” come from?

You’d be forgiven for thinking it was an acronym, especially as we, and a lot of other sites, use all caps when it’s inserted. I’d love to say it’s because they’re speshuul (they are – think of how many amazing things that have developed in your lifetime… “ROBOTS” is definitely up there, right?).
Sadly, it’s not…
Someone has actually tried to capitalise on this by making it an official acronym. If you google “ROBOT acronym” you’d get an iteration of it as the “Residents Official Board of Technology”.
…not exactly what we thought it might stand for. (especially with everything it’s been used with… bonkers!
You’d think, if you were going to create an acronym for “ROBOT” it would be something that near resembles the image everyone has for it. Something that signifies their synchronised, animated and almost autonomous nature.
Oh well, we found a few amusing ones online anyway…
Relief of Boredom of Teenagers
(love it, kind of describes where I was at in part of my early youth!)
Rusty Old Broken Obsolete Trash
(Sorry manufacturer’s, but you have to admit there were a few of these in the early days!)
“Really obscure bully of tradition” (AKA “Job Taker”… cue the controversial discussions)
If you didn’t catch it (text is great for written sarcasm) please note the AM team does not feel that way.

Robots are an evolution that sits alongside our ability to be able to roll faster than we could ever run. Saying they are taking over our jobs is like saying cars took over our feet! – Laith Marmash

 Please comment any others you have on this page, we’d love to hear them, as far fetched as they may be (we’ll set our filters to “light”, probably “off” ,  for amusement).

…and back to the original point

The word actually originates from Czechoslovakia in the 1920’s (now the Czech Republic). Karel Čapek, an acclaimed playwright, first used the word in his play RUR.
According to wikipedia – The word ‘robot’ itself was not new, having been in Slavic language as robota (forced laborer), a term which classified those peasants obligated to compulsory service under the feudal system widespread in 19th century Europe.
Interestingly, the RUR play (Rossumovi Univerzální Roboti (Rossum’s Universal Robots) presents the “ROBOTS” as clones, very closely resembling humans instead of mechanical parts.
Ironically, even thought the industry started off very segregated from what’s “real”. We seem to be headed towards it, with function and look. Although it was almost a century ago, Čapek was right on track.