- A person or organism with a mechanistic morality or lack of free will.
Etymology: From the novel A Clockwork Orange (1962) by Anthony Burgess, in which the main character is programed to perform only good.
1996: Mark Dery, Escape Velocity
- :Contrarily, he may be saying, "Look what your computerized, commodified society has made of me"a , for all appearances organic but mechanical."
1998: Patrick Brantlinger, The Reading Lesson: The Threat of Mass Literacy in Nineteenth-Century British Fiction
- :The telos of the pathologization of crime is the perfected robot or "" of present-day behaviorism and sociobiology, descendants of eighteenth- and early-nineteenth-century asociationists like Jeremy Bentham.
1999: Diederik Aerts, Jan Broekaert, Ernest Mathijs, Einstein Meets Magritte: An Interdisciplinary Reflection: The White Book of "Einstein Meets Magritte
- :This one took reality to be a large machine, a "', an automaton.
2004: Enoch Brater, Arthur Miller's America: Theater and Culture in a Time of Change
- :Under the archbishop's ceiling, the self is not a programmed by the state but something more unnerving: Peer Gynt's onion, layers of performance without a core.
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