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This Week in Business History for February 8th: Introducing the Word "Robot"


“I don’t think we’re likely to see an adaptation of R.U.R. on the Hallmark Channel anytime soon, but it provides us with a valid reminder that we need to be aware of the implications of embracing technology we don’t yet completely understand.”

– Kelly Barner, Owner of Buyers Meeting Point and Host of Dial P for Procurement on Supply Chain Now


In this edition of This Week in Business History, guest host Kelly Barner remembers the inventions and milestones associated with this week, including the first U.S. fire extinguisher patent, the first singing telegram, the founding of NASDAQ, and the epic chess battle between I.B.M.’s Deep Blue and Garry Kasparov.




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