Per the question title, I'm trying to locate a short story about a robot in the future.

He accidentally kills the last human when he 'switches him off'


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Found it:

Men are Different by Alan Bloch

One day, for no reason at all, he complained of the heat. I checked his temperature and decided that his thermostat circuits were shot. I had a kit of field spares with me, and he was obviously out of order, so I went to work. I turned him off without any trouble. I pushed the needle into his neck to operate the cut-off switch, and he stopped moving, just like a Robot. But when I opened him up he wasn't the same inside. And when I put him back together I couldn't get him running again. Then he sort of weathered away—and by the time I was ready to come home, about a year later, there was nothing left of him but bones. Yes, Men are indeed different.

  • And a dupe of; Short story about a robot who finds the last human in the solar system?
    – Valorum
    Commented Sep 18, 2016 at 9:18
  • @Valorum - Not without an acceptance on the other one.
    – Adamant
    Commented Sep 18, 2016 at 9:25
  • @Adamant - Nope, and hence why I haven't dupe-hammered it with my gold badge.
    – Valorum
    Commented Sep 18, 2016 at 9:25
  • @Valorum - I suppose, but why suggest that it might be a duplicate (thus possibly causing people to VTC)?
    – Adamant
    Commented Sep 18, 2016 at 9:26
  • @Adamant - If they do, I shall briefly explain the rules and use my gold badge to un-dupe it. No harm, no foul.
    – Valorum
    Commented Sep 18, 2016 at 9:31

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