If it needs somebody to operate it, is it really a robot?
I am hereby changing my job title from Janitor to AI Floor Bufferbot Engineer
ROBOTS RANKED (non-MST3K category)

1. Thinko
2. Elektro
3. Robot
4. Pimpbot 5000
*I would like to thank @lileks for clarifying that Thinko from Sex Kittens Go To College (1960) and Elektro from the 1939 World's Fair are one and the same, albeit with his stomach hole paper mache'd closed
How it started / how it's going
1934: Imma build a robot to pick up chicks
2021: Where we're going, we don't need chicks
how could I neglect to mention my eventual replacement @iowahawkbot

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