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"I think we're still on that topic, still trying to figure out what computers are, how they change us, why we use them."
- Neal Stephenson

Robot Dog  
  A mechanical, robotic dog.  

Stranton bent down and examined the robot dog. John had evidently cut the switch on the intricate machine while it was in the midst of some sort of action. Its head was raised and its feet were still extended for standing. Beautiful job. He touched the synthetic fur of the nose. It was properly stiff.

The eyes were especially realistic. Although they were actually tiny image receptors for the computer-brain they were nevertheless ornamental. The ears were likewise excellently constructed.

Somewhere under the large hairy ear flaps there were a pair of tiny microphones which probably were tuned to a real dog’s sonic sensitivity — or even beyond.

The company’s label was still in place on a chain around the robot’s neck. Mark IV — Stranton remembered reading an advertisement regarding this model. It carried the most extensive — and expensive — computing device for its size in existence. He found himself wondering if the computer was actually contained in the robot’s head. Probably it was not. Not all of it anyway.


('Gramp and his Dog' by Frank Quattrocchi)

He allowed his hand to run experimentally over the concealed panel of studs under the fur of the robot’s belly. He pressed one of the studs.

Instantly the animal came alive. It rolled over quickly and retracted its legs. Almost at once it was on its feet. The head swung from side to side only briefly before coming to rest with the eyes glaring at him. Stranton felt the hair rise on the back of his neck. The dog rocked backward into a crouch, its hind legs cocked. It began a low growl, producing it deep in the mechanical throat.

His cousin had said something about a Watchdog pattern — They had simply cut the power switch — he had turned it on again!

From Gramp and his Dog, by Frank Quattrocchi.
Published by Astounding Science Fiction in 1952
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