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"The best fuzzy rules, the best knowledge, deal with the turning points of the system. If a race-car driver teaches you how to drive, you don't need him to show you how to drive on the straightaway. It's how he handles the curves that matters."
- Bart Kosko

P-120 Reconnaissance Robot  
  A multi-legged robot built for speed and silence.  

The P-120 had been originally designed for armed reconnaissance. Built for use against urban guerrillas, it was fast, silent, and deadly. Now, retrofitted for going down into worm nests, its unique capabilities were proving particularly well suited to subterranean missions. Low and pantherlike, Sher Khan had six slender legs and looked like the disjointed mating of an elongated cheetah and a titanium snake; but the uplifted head was larger and more sinister-its jowls were gun barrels...
From A Season for Slaughter, by David Gerrold.
Published by Not known in 1992
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Compare to the slamhound from William Gibson's 1986 novel Count Zero, the mechanical cobra from Roger Zelazny's 1967 novel Lord of Light and the mechanical hound from Ray Bradbury's 1953 novel Fahrenheit 451.

Thanks to an anonymous reader for writing in with the reference and a quote.

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