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"We're about 20 minutes away from the point where Clarke's law kicks in and technology becomes indistinguishable from magic."
- Peter Watts

Boppers  
  Self-reproducing robots; they did not obey Asimov's laws for robots (or any other man-made rules).  

These are the machines we fear; independent machines that make their own choices based on their own logic (which owes nothing to us).

In the shaft's great, vertical tunnel, bright beings darted through the hot light; odd-shaped living machines that glowed with all the colors of the rainbow. These were the boppers; self-reproducing robots who obeyed no man. Some looked humanoid, some looked like spiders, some looked like snakes, some looked like bats. All were covered with flickercladding, a microwired imipolex compound that could absorb and emit light.
From Wetware, by Rudy Rucker.
Published by Avon Books in 1988
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Compare these robots with the ultimate in sophistication (and servility) - C3PO, the droid from George Lucas' Star Wars.

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