"I've taken some stick for passages in Altered Carbon which people complained had sickened them, but then violence should be sickening."
Someone (or something) has to do those jobs that modern people find tedious - like taking care of plants.
For similar ideas, take a look at the Robot Crab, a gardening robot from Gibson's 1984 novel Neuromancer. For visual appeal, check out the Agricultural Robot Pest Controller from Michael Crichton's 1985 film Runaway.
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