"I think we could solve our problems more easily through strength of character; but that's always been a commodity in extremely short supply."
There must be an earlier reference to this idea somewhere, but I can't think of it. Niven and Pournelle use small, remote-controlled robots to be the "eyes and ears" of Tony Rand, the chief engineer of a massive arcology, Todos Santos.
The authors even provide us with some possible limits of the device, particularly during interactions with people:
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