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"...science fiction is sort of like a sociological genome. It's a huge range of possible futures, most of them useless; some vital. You never really know in advance."
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Nubot  
  An android that directly replaces a human at their job.  

At Fifty-Ninth Street, I followed the stairs underground and found a nubot sitting inside the clerk's booth. The first subway bots were designed with squares and rectangles. They had blinking lights for eyes and resembled wind-up toys. But the development of SynSkin had been a breakthrough for bot appearance. The nubots looked human; their tongues moved when they talked, their eyes blinked, and their chests moved as if they were breathing. Like all nubots, the clerk in the booth was controlled by a reactive intelligence program that gave it the ability to learn from its experiences and change its behavior.
From Spark, by John Twelve Hawks.
Published by Knopf in 2014
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