The more recent sense ‘an automated computer program, esp. one running on a network’ is not generally an SF use.
When they got my ship the only part of me that the 'bots were able to get into cold-sleep was my head, shoulders and a part of my spine.
‘What’s your name, little bot?’ The robot squats mutely. ‘Bot?’ Gerald asks. ‘Slang for robot. You ask him.’
The warehouse…was a place that a human—on legal business—never had to visit as all functions and work were handled by bots, from tiny inventory clerks to giant, idiot-brained skip-loaders.
‘I'll bet this will please Dr. Dart… Of course, the sensors might not be types he'd want. But the 'bot is still operational.’ Gillian examined the small robot-link screen.
Compared with some of the sophisticated machines Dennis had worked with, the exploration 'bot wasn’t very bright.
Yanking it off, he tossed it over his shoulder to the 'bot.
A few months back, I woke up and my mouth tasted like peppermint. I looked into it, turns out it’s a new sort of 'bot.
Aren’t there dozens of ways to diddle a bot?
The craft from within the ice, dug up and splayed out against the surface by a team of autonomous 'bots, was like a bird, with night-dark wings a hundred yards long trailing back from a small central body.
The 'Bots try to figure out the movie. Joel explains that it’s enough that it got made at all. The Robots come up with a movie plot about a guy on a desert island with his two robots.
He peered over and watched, waited until she was leaping over a ruined pile of laser-bots, just where the controls for the next blast door ought to be. He squeezed the small detonator in his hands… The explosion cleared the rest of the bots and jammed the blast door open permanently.
A formation of cop-bots swept eastwards at top speed, rushing around the next corner toward some noisy emergency.
Oscar Monroe had been on site for ten months, managing the crews as they crawled around the wormhole generator armed with screwdrivers, arrays, programs, and every conceivable type of bot.
in Richard Meredith's "We All Died at Breakaway Station"
This sense for "bot" added to the OED in September 2003, with an earliest cite of 1969
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