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"In 1977, it took about eight months for a slightly faster more refined mechanism to put punk in the window of Holt Renfrew. It's gotten faster ever since."
- William Gibson

Iridium-Sponge Brain  
  A human-like metal brain for robots.  

Ah, to create a robot brain!

Dr. Link, my creator, had taken twenty years to build my complex metal brain. I duplicated the feat in a month. Dr. Link had had to devise every step from zero. I had only to follow his beaten path. As an added factor, I work and think with a rapidity un- known to you humans. And I work 24 hours a day.

...I switched on the electric current. Slowly I rheostated it up, to reach the point at which electrons would drum through the iridium-sponge brain, as thoughts drum in the human mind, under the forces of life. I watched, holding my breath—no, I have no breath. Sometimes I forget I am a metal man. But the idiom stands as descriptive of my feelings...

I heard the hum of the electron-discharge, coursing through the metal-brain I hoped to bring to life. And then — movement! The eyelids of the head flicked open. The brain saw.

From Adam Link's Vengeance, by Eando Binder.
Published by Amazing Stories in 1940
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Compare to the positron brain from Reason (1941) by Isaac Asimov, the neuristor from My Name is Legion (1976), by Roger Zelazny and the artificial brain from Edmond Hamilton's 1926 classic The Metal Giants.

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