- Well, the earliest attestation I can find is George Lucas (1976) Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker. Evidence of another origin is welcome. —Michael Z. 2010-02-24 18:48 z
- Your link gives the date 1977 for publication, not 1976. So I added the infamous quote from the movie rather than either of the snippets in the google books result. The page just didn't seem complete without it :-) 18.104.22.168 11:00, 25 February 2010 (UTC)
- 1976. “’droids.” See also w:Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker. —Michael Z. 2010-02-25 13:53 z
- Thanks! 22.214.171.124 16:42, 5 March 2010 (UTC)
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I think the definition is wrong; it's an intelligent robot period, not just from the Star Wars universe. Lucas may have coined the term (as an abbreviation for android, which is definition #2), but it has come to mean the thing wherever encountered.
- 2005, John L. Kundert-Gibbs, Dariush Derakhshani, Maya Secrets of the Pros, p. 96:
- For a quick venture into ambient occlusion, we'll render a CGI robot droid in several passes and composite them back together in Photoshop to show the flexibility of ambient occlusion as well as rendering in layers for different lighting passes.
- 1995, J. D. Robb, Glory in Death, p. 39:
- The bartender was a droid, as most were, but she doubted this one had been programmed to listen cheerfully to customers' hard luck stories.
- 1985, R. A. Montgomery, War with the Evil Power Master, p. 92:
- The droid nods in agreement and begins to arm the ship's defensive weapons.
- 1981, Paul Friedman, Computer programs in BASIC, p. 37:
- Each droid can move one square at a time. The computer and you each "own" a droid, but each of you can control the other's droid if you so desire.
- Implemented, thanks! —RuakhTALK 17:13, 19 November 2009 (UTC)