Singular focus on a repetitive task. Productivity increases as the only meaningful validation. Oh, what a life! And it can all be yours, if you follow the lead of these inspirational robots.


1. This electric pencil sharpener shaves pencil after pencil, secure in the knowledge that tomorrow will bring the same familiar setting and tasks as today. Now, that’s a good life!

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2. This fruit-picking robot doesn’t just keep costs low at the orchard—it also serves as a great reminder of the wonderful things you can do when you commit yourself to one task and live a cold, unfeeling existence.

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3. The Mars Curiosity rover was created for the sole purpose of collecting scientific data to provide scientists with information on the planet Mars, and you can follow its example by toiling away 24 hours a day working in complete isolation. Take the leap!

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4. Love and friendship don’t get in the way of this nuclear cleanup robot, and look at all the good things it does for the environment every day. Maybe if you just met it halfway and gave up half of your human connections, you’d be on your way to being as fulfilled as it is.

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5. So many things can go wrong in life, but when you’re this little guy, and your sole purpose is to complete one simple task repetitively in perpetuity, the only thing that can go wrong is flawlessly fulfilling too many requests. Doesn’t sound like a bad life, does it?

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6. All this DARPA robot does is walk. It doesn’t let itself spend too much money at the bar, and it doesn’t set unrealistic expectations for upcoming movies. It just walks and walks and walks. Now, it’s your turn to do the same.

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7. This robot will clean your living room while you sit back and watch TV. Your favorite sitcom character could hit a major setback—breakup, lost job, roommate drama, you name it—and this machine won’t be distracted for one moment from doing a stellar job. It focuses only on the things it can control.

Wikimedia Commons via Dwight Sipler

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