"There's a tendency to think that maybe if we can just throw enough hardware at the AI problem, then evolution can take care of the rest. Certainly that's how God went about making us."
This is probably the first mention of this idea.
The robotic or automated taxi is a frequently explored theme in sf; see Tin Cabby from Cities in Flight , the autocab from Between Planets  and the autonomic cab from The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch .
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