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"The answer to the problem of information overload on the Net is reputations… engineer a system called a reputation server."
- Neal Stephenson

Bedog  
  A sentient creature designed to be a bed.  

No comfort is spared Jorj X. McKie, Saboteur Extraordinary. Obviously similar to the chairdog - the ultimate ergonomic chair, a large flat surface provided both warmth and a tactile response to movement. And what is a Saboteur Extraordinary? Find a hint in this quote from Eugene McCarthy - "The only thing that saves us from the bureaucracy is inefficiency. An efficient bureaucracy is the greatest threat to liberty."

Awareness came. He was not on Tutalsee with a loving companion; he was on a trained bedog in the armored efficiency of his Central Central apartment; he was back in the heart of the Bureau of Sabotage; he was back at work...

The bedog rippled with pleasure at his movements.

From The Dosadi Experiment, by Frank Herbert.
Published by Berkley Putnam in 1977
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I'm also curious as to his choice of animal. I associate dogs with subservience and love for their masters. On the other hand, if you had a bedcat, it could purr, thus combining both furry warmth and magic fingers-like vibration.

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