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"I am not a speed reader. I am a speed understander."
- Isaac Asimov

Robot Trash Collectors  
  Robots that drive and operate garbage trucks.  

Carl had always known there were garbage trucks, but of course he had never seen one. It was a bulky, shining cylinder over twenty metres long. A robot driver was built into the cab. Thirty other robots stood on foot-steps along the sides.

The supervisor led the way to the rear of the truck and pointed to the gaping mouth of the receiving bin.

"Robots pick up the garbage and junk and load it in there," he said. "Then they press one of these here thirteen buttons keying whatever they have dumped into one of the thirteen bins inside the truck. They're just plain lifting robots and not too brainy..."

From The Velvet Glove, by Harry Harrison.
Published by Fantastic Universe in 1956
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Compare to the high tech trash can from Islands in the Net (1988) by Bruce Sterling and to the garbage device from The Age of The Pussyfoot (1966), by Frederik Pohl.

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