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Star Wars and C-3PO perpetuated myths about workplace automation

I recently introduced my kids to the original Star Wars trilogy. As we watched together, there was one thing that bothered me over and over. That “thing” was a gangly, gold-plated klutz of a droid called C-3PO.

Threepio is kind of a terrible robot. The problem is his heavy, accident-prone body really only exists to carry his software around. He easily could have been a handheld device that you take out of your pocket when you need to negotiate with some Jawas and put away when you want to travel through space without the sn…
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