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"We follow the scientists around and look over their shoulders. They're watching their feet: provable mistakes are bad for them. We're looking as far ahead as we can, and we don't get penalized for mistakes."
- Larry Niven

Self-Charging Robot  
  A robot that is able to autonomously find an electrical outlet and plug itself in to recharge.  

Amanda glared at the little object on wheels - it was about the size of a rollerskate and it seemed to be considering what to do next. It turned its photoelectric scanners this way and that, waving its jointed grappling arms about. Then it appeared to make up its mind, and trundled over to a wall socket in the baseboard, plugged itself in and proceeded to recharge itself.
From Callahan and the Wheelies, by Stephen Barr.
Published by Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1960
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The Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner can now perform this feat, just fifty short years later.

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