Boomerang by Eric Frank Russell:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

Great short story by Russell; he combines some great elements. This is one of the earliest stories in which a robot struggles with the rules it's been given, and it has a very cool weapon. I'd tell you more, but you should read this Cold War classic for yourself. Select an invention:

Short-Wave Surgical Knife

 

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