Humans have been using robots in manufacturing for decades. It is estimated that 25% of retail companies are planning to deploy robotic machines to take over repetitive jobs. The benefits of robotics are numerous and varied, and the field continues to grow. These devices may not harm humans, but their existence is threatened by the fact that they can not be trusted. Hence, they need to be commanded by humans or they could end up like Frankenstein. In fact, many people are fearful of the future of robots and the impact they will have on our lives.
The term robot was coined by Czech playwright Karel Capek in 1920, and it first appeared in Western literature. In the story, Hephaestus creates a new armour for Achilles, using robots. This version refers to these machines as golden maidservants, which looked like real women, but were given intelligence and trained by immortal gods. While the word “robot” was used in the original story, the term has been used more recently in popular culture.
In the 20th century, the concept of a robot was introduced to the public through a play by Karel Capek. The play Rossum’s Universal Robots begins in a factory that manufactures robots using chemical substitutes for protoplasm. The idea of androids was already emerging in modern society. The character of a mass-produced worker is shown as emotionless, indifferent to self-preservation, and incapable of original thought.