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"The germinal societies like Singapore and communist Hong Kong may give us a mutant capitalism that is both virulent and efficient. This is a significant cultural danger."
- Gregory Benford

Robotic Conductor  
  A robot charged with conductor's duties aboard a bus or other public transportation.  

The robot conductor was coming toward him, whirring angrily.

"Sir -" the conductor began. The bus was slowing down. "Sir, it is not allowed - "

He reached into this pocket and brought out the bus token. He put it calmly into the conductor's coin slot... The conductor turned away, its whirrs subsiding.

From Paycheck, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Imagination in 1953
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