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Which sci-fi robot is right for you?

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Whatever your needs, there's an automaton out there ready to serve you

R2-D2 in a screenshot from 'Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace'
R2-D2 in a screenshot from 'Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace'
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Robots have been a staple of science fiction since before the genre had a name. Some of the most iconic characters in history have been little more than hunks of moving metal. So let's play a game. If you could have any one of these storied bots to call your own, which one would you take? After all, fiction has created multitudes of mechanical minions, each possessing its own unique skillset (e.g. the ability to understand the binary language of moisture vaporators). In order to help you through the selection process, the robotic overlords at The Verge have ordered their human slaves to create the following step-by-step guide.