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"The whole problem of energy sources is going to be solved by little solutions, not by some big new piece of technology that does everything. We got into this crisis by believing that we had one big piece of technology that would do everything (oil)."
- Gregory Benford

Reality Tape  
  The medium upon which the life experience of an electric ant - a robotic person - is presented.  

"...The punched tape roll above your heart mechanism is not a programming turret but is in fact a reality-supply construct. All sense stimuli received by your central neurological system emanate from that unit and tampering with it would be risky if not terminal..."

If I cut the tape, he realied, my world will disappear.

From The Electric Ant, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Mercury Press in 1969
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