Robots

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Robots
First appearance"Space Pilot 3000" (1ACV01)
Episode

Robots were first built by Humans to improve their lives. It has gotten to the point now that robots outnumber Humans—or at least, voting humans—by one. Humanoid robots, over the years while Professor Hubert Farnsworth was working at Mom's robot company, evolved to the sometimes sleek functioning machines in the year 3000. A revolution of robot development was made when fuel efficiency was sacrificed when a new, sportier robot was demanded by Mom. These new "sports utility" (classified this to get them past emission standards) robots came out resulting in increased pollution on Earth. In 3003 a new robot model came out Robot 1-X which unlike past robots, didn't malfuction, wasn't polluting and was kind and not rude.

Robots in Society

Robots can acquire wealth, marry, obtain jobs, consume resources, own property and live in robot societies. Each different facet of society in the year 3000 has some form of robot related - to human benefit or not.

Robots in Futurama seem to exist in conflict with the idea of form and function - to which present day industrial design strives. In the year circa 3000 robots consume high volumes of resources (Calculon's luxury Bel-air home) and inhabit land (Robot Arms Apartments). In society they can be found in all levels of society - in the gutter "jacking on" (getting stoned on electricity) and at the top (Hedonism bot appears to be very wealthy, commissioning artistic endeavours on a whim). There is however little social mobility as a robot's function is predetermined by its type.

There appear to be two main types, or castes, of robot:

Laborer Robots

Likely built by Humans, these robots are bound to their programming. They can be easily identified by the fact that their name often reflects their job. They are not all "laborers", per se, but they were built for a specific job, which they perform without question.

Civilian Robots

Possibly built by robots (evidenced by Bender's statement, "We can always build more killbots" (1ACV04)), these are free to do as they please, and in fact, many are homeless. They still seem to pay homage to Mom on Mother's Day, though. Their names tend to have little to do with their occupations.

History of robotics

Early history (21st century)

The oldest living robot is Calculon, who refreshes his look every now and then to avoid suspection, and claim to be much younger. Created around year 2000, he was originally a simple motorized arm working who helped creating Project Satan. Project Satan himelf, an evil Were-Car, was the first known robot to have a consiousness and mobility.

The actual progress of robots is apparantly as unknown as the first man on the Moon, but it is claimed that the original robots were similar to neanderthals, dressed in leopard hides and hitting scraps of metal with clubs.

The dawn of Dark Matter fueled robots (2900 - 2927)

The first robot capable of qualifying for a boat loan, in the 30th century

Around year 2900, Mom's Friendly Robot Company hired Hubert Farnsworth, who created the foundation of the new era of robots, with his technology of Dark Matter Engines. This allowed a series of new robots, including the First Robot Capable of Qualifying for a Boat Loan.

Sport-Utility Robots (2927 - 3003)

The first Sport-Utility Robot with its inventor in 2927.

A new break-through in robotics was in 2927, as Professor Farnsworth invented the first Sport-Utility Robot (SUR). This robot was designed to be big and sporty (classified as a light truck), and is the inspiration to most modern robots, including Bender. The SUR runs on alcohol and pollutes generally reminiscent of human burps, which caused Global warming in 3003, leading to all SURs doomed to extinction by the president in the so-called Big Robot Party. Although they were saved and global warming was stopped for the time being, the robots are now considered obsolete due to their effect on environment.

Some time in the 30th century, John Quincy Adding Machine became the first robotic President of Earth after promising not to go on a killing spree. However, as most politicians, he promised more than he could deliver.

Richard Nixon's head managed to become the President of Earth due to the high number of robot voters in year 3000.

By the late 30th century, robots were seemingly about as many as humans on Earth, and the high number of robot voters caused Richard Nixon's head to win the presidential elections of year 3000 by exactly one vote.

Robot 1-X (3003 - )

The Robot 1-X replaces the SUR in 3003.

In 3003, the Robot 1-X is introduced by MomCorp. This new model is designed not to run on alcohol and exhaust pollution, but rather to run on pollution and exhaust freshly smelling oxygen. Extremely intelligent and obedient, as well as hovering instead of walking, it is mostly considered a laborer robot.

List of Robots

Known Laborer Robots

Known Civilian Robots

Robot Animals

Unknown Status

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