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"There's a poetry in the materials we use to construct our world of artifacts; it speaks of our long history as a technological species."
- William Gibson

Robodore  
  A robot specialized for use as a stevedore, emptying the contents of ships in port.  

Robert F-R was despondent, unable to get a job; he had wandered to the docks along the East River.

He stood there - watching the robodores unloading cargo from a ship - and then walked over to a piling and leaned against it, and leaned against it as he watched the water lapping against the pier...

The heavy-duty robots marched back and forth, carrying cases of raw materials from across the seas.

From Robot Unwanted, by Daniel Keyes.
Published by Other Worlds in 1952
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