The first robot in literature was...

SilentRoamer

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I think that is brilliant. Some things seem so mundane nowadays.

I prefer these metallic monstrosities to the faux flesh models we see being developed now. Definitely an improvement over Sophia (a chat bot with a mechanical part).

The CES was full of robots! Mostly not working. The blending of AI and robotics is still in its infancy but over the next decade or two I think we will likely see humanoid interactive robots start to be developed.

There are some great talks on AI, GAI and SAI on TEDx and I recommend these to anyone interested.
 

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I hate to split hairs, but how about the golem or the talos? Would Frankenstein's Monster could as an android? He's certainly an artificial person.
 

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Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Artist of the Beautiful" was first published in 1844. E.T.A. Hoffman's "The Sandman" was first published in 1816. So I think robots have been around longer than Ellis'. The first mechanism called a robot, though, was in Karel Copek's R.U.R. a play produced in 1920. (All dates courtesy of Wikipedia.)

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This is slightly OT, but it got me thinking of other 'firsts'.

'And Ishtar opened her mouth and said, she spoke unto Anu, her father: “My father, give to me the Heaven-Bull that I might slay Gilgamesh in his very place of dwelling. If thou givest me not the Heaven-Bull, I shall crush the gates of Hades and free the shades below. I shall bring up the dead that they might consume the living, and I shall make the dead to outnumber those that yet live.'

From the Epic of Gilgamesh, maybe c. 2100 BCE ??? - first appearance (albeit only threatened) in literature of a zombie apocalypse?
 

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I've read The Steam Man of the Prairies and the title gizmo is actually a bizarre automobile, which is powered by a engine in the shape of a man, which propels it by running, pumping its legs up and down. A human-shaped machine, yes, but without the consciousness we usually associate with fictional robots.

(And one should note that Karel Čapek's "robots" are actually artificially grown organic people, not machines; what are more properly known as fictional "androids" before that term got mixed up with robots.)
 

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So, when actually was the first "Tin Man" then? If all of these examples given are simulacrums and the "Steam Man of the Desert" was actually a car, then the question remains open.

On the subject of Golems, the Jewish mythological version has no intelligence, so does that really count? There are, however, older African folktales about making real people from clay which would.
 

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Am I right in thinking that the Greek God Vulcan had two hand-maidens/helpers who were made of gold?
 
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