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"The whole problem of energy sources is going to be solved by little solutions, not by some big new piece of technology that does everything. We got into this crisis by believing that we had one big piece of technology that would do everything (oil)."
- Gregory Benford

Guard Robot  
  Early reference to a robot performing the functions of a security guard.  

"Halt!" A robot guard appeared, streaking toward them across the field. "Identify yourselves!"

Franklin showed his clip. "I'm Director level. We're here to see the Senator. I'm an old friend."

Automatic relays clicked as the robot studied the identification clip. "From the Director level?"

..."Get out of the way," Cutter said impatiently...

The robot withdrew uncertainly. "Sorry to have stopped you sir..."

From The Hood Maker ('Immunity'), by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Imagination in 1955
Additional resources -

This function is now being implemented in a wide variety of guard robots; see the references below.

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  More Ideas and Technology from The Hood Maker ('Immunity')
  More Ideas and Technology by Philip K. Dick
  Tech news articles related to The Hood Maker ('Immunity')
  Tech news articles related to works by Philip K. Dick

Guard Robot-related news articles:
  - Secom Robot X Security Guard Works For Less
  - First Chinese Security Guard Robot
  - Banryu Guard Dragon Home Robot
  - T-34 Security Robot Throws Nets Spidey-Style
  - Security Patrol Robot With ATV Base
  - Security Robots Mujiro And Ligurio
  - Robotic Security Guard Waves You In
  - Robot Prison Guard From South Korea
  - Korean Robot Prison Guard Is Autonomous
  - K5 Autonomous Data Machine The Future Of Mall Security
  - Knightscope Robot Security Guards Ready
  - Uber Hires Robot Security Guard

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