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"Human beings hardly ever learn from the experience of others. They learn; when they do, which isn't often, on their own, the hard way."
- Robert Heinlein

Robot Introspection  
  A robotic brain grows and learns about itself.  

“They can be completed in a couple of months. After that it will take at least two years to synthesize their minds to the point where they are as capable as an adult.”

“Two years!” came a chorus of voices. “That long?”

“I think that a remarkably short period,” Horace said with his first show of temper. “After all they start out like a newborn babe and have to discover their hands, feet, and other parts of their bodies. They have to learn just like a human baby, except that they are full size to start with. It takes several months for them to gain self awareness alone, and to know that they are thinking beings.”

“Can’t all those things be built in, like the instincts of animals?”

“Hardly,” Horace said

Technovelgy from Unforeseen, by Roger P. Graham.
Published by Fantastic Adventures in 1949
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