"I have a standard axiom: all governments lie. Don't believe anything they say. And corporations are only kinds of government."
I really enjoyed the way he wrote about nature and artifice in this passage. From the standpoint of the narrator, the creatures of the natural world and the tiny robots are on the same level.
Mites are, of course, real creatures; they are tiny arachnids that consume bits of skin or other organic matter.
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