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"[Science fiction is] nightmares and visions, always outlined by the barely possible."
- Gregory Benford

Oat-Tropic Circuit  
  A robotic feature that caused electronic animals to move toward offered food.  

Goal-seeking behavior in autonomous robots is enhanced with this sensor.

Rick ... had reached his sheep now; it lay ruminating, its alert eyes fixed on him in case he had brought any rolled oats with him. The alleged sheep contained an oat-tropic circuit; at the sight of such cereals it would scramble up convincingly and amble over.
From Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Doubleday in 1968
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See also the creditor jet-balloon from Lies, Inc. and the homotropic news vending machine from The Game Players of Titan, both by Philip K. Dick.

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