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"I suspect that religion is a necessary evil in the childhood of our particular species. And that's one of the interesting things about contact with other intelligences: we could see what role, if any, religion plays in their development."
- Arthur C. Clarke

Self-Guided Tractors  
  A farm vehicle that drives itself.  

Five miles above the sunlight tube, the sky was a patchwork of small squares, split by a central wedding ring of lake and by tributary rivers, a sky alive with the tiny red glints of self-guided tractors.
From At the Bottom of a Hole, by Larry Niven.
Published by Galaxy Magazine in 1966
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Compare to the robomule (1965) from Bill the Galactic Hero, by Harry Harrison.

SF fans at the movies are ready with their favorite example of autonomous combines - take a look at these beauties from the recent 2015 hit movie Interstellar.


(Autonomous combines in Interstellar)

Also compare to the field-minder From Who can Replace a Man (1963) by Brian Aldiss.

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