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From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :
[from android, SF terminology for a humanoid robot of essentially
biological (as opposed to mechanical/electronic) construction] A person
(esp. a low-level bureaucrat or service-business employee) exhibiting most
of the following characteristics: (a) naive trust in the wisdom of the
parent organization or ?the system?; (b) a blind-faith propensity to
believe obvious nonsense emitted by authority figures (or computers!); (c)
a rule-governed mentality, one unwilling or unable to look beyond the
?letter of the law? in exceptional situations; (d) a paralyzing fear of
official reprimand or worse if Procedures are not followed No Matter What;
and (e) no interest in doing anything above or beyond the call of a very
narrowly-interpreted duty, or in particular in fixing that which is broken;
an ?It's not my job, man? attitude.
Typical droid positions include supermarket checkout assistant and bank
clerk; the syndrome is also endemic in low-level government employees. The
implication is that the rules and official procedures constitute software
that the droid is executing; problems arise when the software has not been
properly debugged. The term droid mentality is also used to describe the
mindset behind this behavior. Compare suit, marketroid; see -oid.
In England there is equivalent mainstream slang; a ?jobsworth? is an
obstructive, rule-following bureaucrat, often of the uniformed or suited
variety. Named for the habit of denying a reasonable request by sucking his
teeth and saying ?Oh no, guv, sorry I can't help you: that's more than my
From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :
(From "android") The robots of the Star Wars
universe. While androids look somewhat human-like, Star Wars'
droids are typically fashioned in the likeness of their
creators or in a utilitarian design that stresses function
over appearance. Droids are equipped with artificial
intelligence, though some are naturally created smarter than
others depending on the function they are designed to serve.
"Droid" is a Lucasfilm Ltd. trademark.
["A Guide to the Star Wars Universe", Bill Slavicsek, 1994,
[Was George Lucas really the first to use the abbreviation (in
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