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"I feel like I've been very fortunate in that I've stuck like a burr to the dog-leg of the next generation of nerdism. I've been carried into the XXIth century on Bill Gates' pants-cuff."
- William Gibson

Droid (First Use)  
  Contraction of "android".  

As far as I know, the earliest use for this term. Sorry, George Lucas.

"Find out anything?"

’‘Yeah. Plenty. Our androids are busy, all right. They're out in the city, every one of them. We've had a dozen police reports already."

’‘Police reports! What's wrong?"

Jack shook his head. ‘It's crazy. They're swarming all over Carron City.They're stopping robots in the streets—household Robs, commercial Droids, all of them. They just look at them, and then the others quit work and start off with them. The police sent for us to come and get ours."


(Commercial Droid)

From Robots of the World! Arise!, by Mari Wolf.
Published by If in 1952
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Compare to the much more famous use of this term, the Droid (Star Wars) from the George Lucas masterpiece.

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