Flamingo: A Drama of A.D. 1950 by Clarence Edward Heller:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas
"IN this age of scientific and inventive progress, which sometimes borders on the miraculous, it is difficult to keep abreast of the newest "replacement." Slot machines have replaced human change-makers ; mechanical cleaners now do the work of numerous workers. The screen — and now the vitaphone— have made possible the simultaneous showing of entertainment in many cities. It is now possible to stay comfortably in your home the while you listen to the best in music and talks. And television — when it is perfected — will undoubtedly revolutionize many of the recreations of the future. But all of the improved means of amusement are subject in great measure to the temperamental whims of the performers. Perhaps some enterprising young inventor, devoting himself exclusively to eliminating this troublesome feature, will strike the secret of the perfect robot entertainer. That would call for revolutionary measures, indeed. And certainly it is not impossible in view of our present progress."
('Flamingo: A Drama of A.D. 1950' by Clarence Edward Heller)
Down in the pit was a long white operating table. . . .
From a door high up in the wing the robot doctor entered.
Provides sight directly to the brain-cells of the sightless.
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