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"There's a tendency to think that maybe if we can just throw enough hardware at the AI problem, then evolution can take care of the rest. Certainly that's how God went about making us."
- Rudy Rucker

Diptray  
  A hovering tray of drinks, used for parties.  

...I paused to grab a rum-and-other from the Diptray which had followed overhead until I could bear its anguish no longer, and had finally pressed the acorn which hung at the end of its tail. At this, it had dipped obligingly, smiled open, and revealed the treasures of its frosty interior.

"Ah, joy. Buy you a drink, Phil?"

From This Immortal, by Roger Zelazny.
Published by Ace Science Fiction in 1966
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