Paleo-Future: robots

This is from the robots category of Paleo-Future, which also has categories devoted to picturephones, jetpacks, and each decade’s collected futurism (that is, see what our future looked like to people writing in the 1880s, the 1930s, or the 1980s).

Try as it might the robot could not make its desired turn. Its
little broken wheel jerked and jumped, but to no avail. Malorie then
started crying uncontrollably, quietly pleading, “Why won’t someone
help that robot! All he wants to do is pick up the ball and put it in
the middle so that he can get some points!”

This may be an extreme example, but it illustrates our ability to anthropomorphize robots.