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"There's a tendency to think that maybe if we can just throw enough hardware at the AI problem, then evolution can take care of the rest. Certainly that's how God went about making us."
- Rudy Rucker

Bot  
  The first use of this contraction for "robot".  

As far as I know, this is the first use in science fiction for this very common contraction.

You see, sir, i was killed a lot deader than you were, my whole body was destroyed, when they got my ship the only part of me that the ’bots were able to get into cold-sleep was my head, shoulders and a part of my spine...
From We All Died At Breakaway Station, by Richard Meredith.
Published by Amazing Stories in 1969
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Compare to the first use of the word robot from R.U.R. (1920) by Karel Capek.

Hard to believe, but this familiar contraction was so new that in 1977, Gregory Benford felt he needed to explain it in his story Homemaker:

‘What's your name, little bot?’

The robot squats mutely.

Bot?’ Gerald asks. ‘

Slang for robot. You ask him.’

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