Before the invention of sheep, people used to count robots to get to sleep but the robots were too exciting- people could'nt sleep and instead, stayed wide awake. But it was too dark to do anything and so the bedside lamp was invented.
Nowadays television is so boring that the only way to stay awake is to flick over to the channel that only shows a person counting robots. Funny how history's food for thought has a way of repeating on itself. Scientificists call it 'time-burps'.