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"[Science fiction is] nightmares and visions, always outlined by the barely possible."
- Gregory Benford

Robot-Boss  
  A mechanical device that tells people what to do.  

As far as I know, the first use of the phrase "robot-boss".

The men filled bag after bag with coal, and carried them close to the mouth of the adit near the mouth of a deserted shaft. John was one of the men who were carrying the heavy bags back through the tunnel, and he slipped away on one trip while the robot-boss was busy at the lip of the new lode instructing and egging the men on to greater speed...


(Robot-Boss from 'Women's World' by David C. Cooke)

"ALL RIGHT,” rasped the robot, “that will be enough—in fact, there are too many bags already! You men” — he pointed to the strongest ones, including John — “take the bags and come with me. Remember,” he continued, “my photon gun will shoot faster than you can run, so don’t try to get away.”

Technovelgy from Women's World, by David C. Cooke.
Published by Science Fiction in 1939
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