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"Cyberspace is a metaphor that allows us to grasp this place where since about the time of the second world war we've increasingly done so many of the things that we think of as civilization."
- William Gibson

Police Robot  
  A fully autonomous, man-shaped robotic police officer.  

The sleepy little spaceport town of Nineport, Mars, is totally unprepared for the arrival of a new police officer from Earth.

Experimental or not, this was a nice-looking hunk of machinery. A uniform navy-blue all over, though the outlet cases, hooks and such were a metallic gold... This was as close as a robot could get to a cop in uniform, without being a joke.

Then I noticed the tiny glow of light in the robot's eye lenses...

"Get out of that box," I said.

The robot came up smooth and fast as a rocket, landing two feet in front of me and whipping out a snappy salute.

"Police Experimental Robot, serial number XPO-50-934B reporting for duty, sir."

From Arm of the Law, by Harry Harrison.
Published by Fantastic Universe in 1958
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