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"I can remember when the first pulsars were discovered. I was able to go and sit down and listen to graduate students talking about what their theories, to explain what pulsars really were."
- Vernor Vinge

Kamikaze Andy  
  An android that is designed as an assassination weapon.  

This is an interesting idea for a device, one which makes use of the social elements of the suicide bomber idea. I wonder if the android has any self-knowledge of the attack? A robot adhering to Asimov's rules of robotics would not be able to carry out a self-aware attack.

"It's a very high class andy," said Hambrick. "We got our fist kamikaze killing in GLA just about a year ago. They're very expensive, but then Tek runners rarely worry about budgets. The android will just walk right up to the target. Soon as contact is made there is an explosion.
From Tekwar, by William Shatner.
Published by Ace/Putnam in 1989
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The android is disguised in a manner that makes it seem harmless to the target, or to not stand out in the environment in which the attack occurs.

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