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"I realized there was a heavy-duty change coming in biology, and I could write a really compelling novel about catastrophic evolution, punctuated equilibrium."
- Greg Bear

Replaced Worker Benefits  
  Compensation for people whose jobs are taken by robots.  

The Freedom to Work Act was one of several bills passed in Congress after the Day of Rage. The new law said that companies were free to fire any employee, but a worker replaced by a nubot that "appears or pretends to be human" had to be compensated.
From Spark, by John Twelve Hawks.
Published by Knopf in 2014
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So here's a typical example quote:

...when I showed up at the building one morning, I discovered that Miss Canales had been replaced by a nubot that was designed to look like a muscular blond man in his twenties.

Compare to the royalties for imitation learning subjects from Q.U.R. (1943) by Anthony Boucher.

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