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"I received a nice letter the other day from the Dalai Lama. He had read 'The Nine Billion Names of God'. It is about a computer at a Tibetan monastery."
- Arthur C. Clarke

Undercover Detective Robot  
  Specialized robot masquerades as different robot types to spy on criminals.  

Undercover work can be tedious - and dangerous. Why not use robots?

"The name is Wil Counter-4951L3, not that that means much any more. I've worn so many different bodies that I forget what I originally looked like. I went right from factory-school to a police training school - and I have been on the job ever since - Force of Detectives, Sergeant Jr. grade, Investigation department. I spend most of my time selling candy bars or newspapers, or serving drinks in crumb joints. Gather information, make reports and keep tabs on guys for other departments..."
From The Velvet Glove, by Harry Harrison.
Published by Fantastic Universe in 1956
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Compare to R. Daneel Olivaw, robot policeman from Caves of Steel (1953) by Isaac Asimov, the precogs from The Minority Report (1956) by Philip K. Dick, the Pry-Vie robotic detective from Clans of the Alphane Moon (1964) by Philip K. Dick and Sven, the artificially intelligent detective from The Turing Option (1992) by Harry Harrison.

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