The Velvet Glove by Harry Harrison:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

"New York was a bad town for robots this year. In fact, all over the country it was bad for robots..."

"SF writer and editor Harry Harrison explores a not too distant future where robots - particularly specialist robots who don't know their place - have quite a rough time of it. True, the Robot Equality Act had been passed - but so what?"

Wonderful short story details the adventures of Jon Venex, a robot with a special past and unique capabilities. An out-of-work robot has to take whatever work he can get; in this case, Jon takes a job that he should have left alone.

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Blue Collar Robot (Self-Repairing)
An autonomous robot required to find its own work.

Human Object Recognition - people making robotic life easier
System uses human beings as an aid to robotic object recognition.

Intelligent Trash Sorting
Robots sort the garbage - almost completely.

Regen-Buds
Small collection of cells that can regrow into human limbs.

Robot Trash Collectors
Robots that drive and operate garbage trucks.

Undercover Detective Robot - who am I?
Specialized robot masquerades as different robot types to spy on criminals.

Underwater Robot
An autonomous mechanical for use underwater.

Vehicle Sleep Sensor
Better stay awake, the machines know if you're sleeping.

 

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