In my former life as a manufacturing engineer, I had several robots for co-workers. They never complained about their pay or their hours. They never gossiped. Unless they were sick, they showed up on time for work every day. Their one desire was to do exactly what we told them to do, for as long as we told them to do it.
When I saw this week's Illustration Friday prompt "Robot", I thought back to those co-workers. I wonder how many are still there, or how many were downsized or replaced by younger, more attractive robots.
When I "retired", I didn't say good-bye to the robots, nor did they give me any send off. Never even crossed my mind. See, none of them had faces.
In fact, none of them even really resembled humans - if anything, they looked like insects. And none of them audiblized English.
Robots in movies and TV shows usually take on human-like form like C3PO for example. Even R2D2 "spoke". And who could forget Rosie from The Jetsons?
My favorite Hollywood Robot, however, is probably Sonny from "I, Robot". Sonny was just so... sensitive. And smart. And expressive. So emotional. And likable.
I'm glad I didn't work with him because I'd miss him now.