“Quixote and the Windmill,” Poul Anderson, 1950

“Quixote and the Windmill,” Poul Anderson, 1950 – The first robot designed to have no purpose wanders the earth, uncertain of what to do with its freedom.  It discovers two disgruntled humans with the same problem, presumably because robots have put humans out of work.  Drunk, they attack it, and it responds sarcastically that at least they can drink.

Comments: Read in Metal Smile.

Author: Wikipedia: “Poul William Anderson (November 25, 1926 – July 31, 2001) was an American science fiction author who began his career during one of the Golden Ages of the genre and continued to write and remain popular into the 21st century.”


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