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Robot Emotions  
  Devices or techniques that give rise to emotions in robots.  

"...[the robot] has sense enough, but she has no emotions, no consciousness of self."

"All right, that's the big trouble with the mechs now. But we'll get around it, put in some mechanical emotions, or something..."

I'd performed plenty of delicate operations on living tissues, and some of them had been tricky, but I still felt like a premed student as we opened the front plate of her torso, and began to sever the leads of her "nerves." Dave's mechanical glands were all prepared, complex little bundles of pansistors and wires that heterodyned on the electrical thought impulses and distorted them as adrenalin distorts the reaction of human minds.

Instead of sleeping that night, we pored over the schematic diagrams of her structures, tracing the complex thought mazes of her wiring, severing the leaders, implanting the heterones, as Dave called them.

From Helen O'Loy, by Lester del Rey.
Published by Astounding Science Fiction in 1938
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See also the compassion circuit from Lohn Wyndham's 1954 story Compassion Circuit.

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