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"The science fiction method is dissection and reconstruction. You look at the world around you, and take it apart into its components. Then you take some of those components, throw them away, and plug in different ones, start it up and see what happens."
- Frederik Pohl

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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