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"We are all repositories for genetically-encoded information that we're all spreading back and forth amongst each other, all the time. We're just lousy with information."
- Neal Stephenson

Automatic Companion Robot  
  A robotic replacement for a pet or friend.  

"Puppy!" said Fairless heartily. "Your mother and I have something much better than a puppy for you. Just take a look under the tree there - it's a robot! Yes, Morey, your very own robot - a full-size 38-tube fully automatic companion for you! Go ahead, Morey, go right up and speak to it. Its name is Henry. Go on, boy."
From The Midas Plague, by Frederik Pohl.
Published by Galaxy in 1954
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