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"If we're going to be consistent and advocate freedom of speech we have to advocate freedom of encrypted speech too. The genie is out of the bottle, cryptologically."
- Neal Stephenson

WatchdØg (Watchdog)  
   

What happens when mankind is ready to leave the cradle and seek other worlds? Who can you leave behind?

...the earth shook and the sky split as the giant rockets lifted the soul and body of man to Pluto and the distant stars.

Only he stayed behind.

Basically he was six hundred square miles of squat building, with control over a world-wide network of smaller stations and probes.

A babysitter.

Technovelgy from WatchdØg, by Jack C. Haldeman.
Published by Ultimate Publishers in 1972
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Compare to the Machine from The Machine Stops (1909) by EM Forster, the government machine from Mechanocracy (1932) by Miles J. Breuer, the machine city from Twilight (1934) by John Campbell, the games machine from The World of Null-A (1945) by AE van Vogt, central computer from The City and the Stars (1956) by Arthur C. Clarke and the Vulcan 3 computer from Vulcan's Hammer (1960) by Philip K. Dick.

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