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"There was a time when one old eccentric guy with a notebook could do something important to science. Now even the resources of a major university are often not enough."
- Jerry Pournelle

Fruit-Picking Machine  
  An humanoid machine for automatic fruit picking.  

"There are men there!"

Not men - machines, little machines, that went from plant to plant, apparently on caterpillar tracks, cutting off the ripe fruit. We could not make out what they did with them after plucking.

From The Hidden Colony, by Otfrid von Hanstein.
Published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1935
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