On our peculiar planet where thinking, the source of all external progress, is also that from which, (this is seen more clearly in eastern thought) some quiet distance must be retained for any accurate assessments, of anything, the word robot is not inappropriate to describe people.
This is never noticed at the public level. And yet, what can it mean that in a recent debate between US politicians (politicians!) the accusation of being robotic in speech was leveled against one panel member. Of course, pots and kettles. The interesting thing is:
The audience noticed.
Pots and kettles and barbecue utensils. Of course. What it means I don't know. That it is significant, I suspect.