One of the central themes running through DC comics in the Silver Age was a reverence for science combined with skepticism for applied science (i.e., technology). Few plot points illustrate this better than the continual problems that Superman (and Superboy) had with his robots.
They were originally created to help Superman out of jams, particularly in situations where both Superman and Clark Kent had to be somewhere at the same time. However, they were unreliable at best, often shorting out due to electrical disturbances, or sunspots. And at times they were unavailable for other reasons:
But nothing reveals Superman's trouble with robots more than the story in Action #299, surely one of the wackiest in the entire Silver Age. He receives a robot named LL-35 from the planet Jax that is supposed to be much smarter than even Superman himself. LL-35 makes a suggestion:
Superman doesn't even get out of this using his wits; instead he gets lucky. See, this was all taking place on an alien planet, where every day, a fallout dust disintegrates metal: