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Machine Evolution  
  An early look at the idea that machines can evolve all by themselves, physically and intellectually.  

"Interesting, isn't it?"

"What?"

"This, the new types. The new varieties of claws. We're completely at their mercy, aren't we? By now they've probably gotten into the UN lines, too. It makes me wonder if we're not seeing the beginning of a new species. The new species. Evolution. The race to come after man."

Technovelgy from Second Variety, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Space in 1953
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