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"I suspect that religion is a necessary evil in the childhood of our particular species. And that's one of the interesting things about contact with other intelligences: we could see what role, if any, religion plays in their development."
- Arthur C. Clarke

Teddy  
  A very intelligent and highly mobile robotic teddy bear.  

Director Stanley Kubrick became fascinated with the story from which Teddy is taken - eventually, he gave the project to Steven Spielberg. It was finally filmed as A.I..

"Come down here, Teddy!"

She stood impassively, watching the little furry figure as it climbed down from step to step on its stubby limbs. When it reached the bottom, she picked it up and carried it into the living room. It lay unmoving in her arms, staring up at her. She could feel just the slightest vibration from its motor.

"Stand there, Teddy. I want to talk to you." She set him down on a tabletop, and he stood as she requested, arms set forward and open in the eternal gesture of embrace.

"Teddy, did David tell you to tell me he had gone into the garden?"

The circuits of the bear's brain were too simple for artifice. "Yes, Mummy."

From Super-Toys Last All Summer Long, by Brian Aldiss.
Published by Harper's Bazaar in 1969
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