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"In WWII, they had a saying that there are no atheists in foxholes. I think the modern equivalent of that is that there are no jaded, bored people in the high-tech industry, in the land of really good hardcore geeks."
- Neal Stephenson

Robot-Control Wave Band  
  Special command circuit for robots.  

Then Rex loosed the blow which stunned the population of United North America.

He constructed a complicated radio transmitter and broadcast a heterodyning frequency over the robot-control wave band, a frequency that rendered the receptor apparatus of every last one of the robots unresponsive to human commands and responsive only to those of the new master robot and his eleven chief aids. In one stroke was obtained control of nearly a billion robots, and, through this, dominion over the three hundred millions of human beings. Rex had justified his name; he was virtually king of United North America.

It was a general strike of the robots in so far as the orders of their former masters were concerned. Personal robot servants refused to perform their daily tasks. Transportation and communication were paralyzed.

Technovelgy from Rex, by Harl Vincent.
Published by Astounding Science Fiction in 1934
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Compare to TBR (Talk Between Robots) Circuit from The Midas Plague (1954) by Frederik Pohl. Also, see mentanical communication from The Mentanicals (1934) by Francis Flagg and Autonomous Car Intercommunication from Sally (1953) by Isaac Asimov.

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