Who was the first robot that still exists in working form? Ignoring robots for whom:
- No Date Of Manufacture was mentioned or implied (by existing at a particular early time).
- Got to where they are by time travel.
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I had thought vaguely that "Crimes of the Hot" had stated robots were invented by Professor Farnsworth, but I just watched the episode again and he actually says..
I know the source of the greenhouse gases, but in my shame I've kept it secret for 75 long years .. Back then you see, robots were slow moving, stiff, and a little on the uptight side. .. All modern robots descend from my original smog blasting designs.
(That is the last 'spoiler warning' I am including - the rest is basically spoilers..)
Note that Bender is provably older than most robots. Not only did he get sent back to 1945 in "All's well that Roswell", but also acted as the stooge for the scammers that activated the time code so he could travel back in time repeatedly to steal things for them. He must be eons old. And that is not to consider the times he, Fry and the Professor traveled through a few different iterations of the universe, especially since that took only hours in their own 'local' time frame.
But noting the 2nd criterion, he is disqualified.
So let's list some of the potentials.
Animatronio is the earliest made, currently existing robot I can immediately track down.
Did I miss an even earlier one?