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"[Science fiction] is the only kind of writing that allows you to look at the world we live in and change one piece at a time."
- Frederik Pohl

Machine (Thinking Machine)  
  A very early reference to a thinking machine in charge of a planet.  

In this story of a future Earth, humanity had all of its needs met by a device - an intelligent machine.

"You have forgotten your history, and you have forgotten the history of the Machine, humans..."

"On the planet Dwranl, of the star you know as Sirius, a great race lived, and they were not too unlike you humans. ...they attained their goal of the machine that could think. And because it could think, they made several and put them to work, largely on scientific problems, and one of the obvious problems was how to make a better machine which could think.

The machines had logic, and they could think constantly, and because of their construction never forgot anything they thought it well to remember. So the machine which had been set the task of making a better machine advanced slowly, and as it improved itself, it advanced more and more rapidly. The Machine which came to Earth is that machine."

Technovelgy from The Machine, by John W. Campbell.
Published by Astounding Science Fiction in 1935
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Below, see humans gathered to sacrifice to The Machine.


(Sacrificing to The Machine)

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