“Devices” / Memorable Fancies #691

     “Yes, these are the beings we discovered on the other planet. We use them here in the factory. They aren’t worth much individually, but when we put them together in certain ways they can be used productively.
      “They’re live building-blocks, y’know, components. Semi-intelligent devices that can tote barges, lift bales, and so on.
      “We’re even assembling one to become a beginning-French tutor. Well, so far we haven’t been too successful at that – all we can get it to say is “non, non!”
      “Do these devices think? Well, that’s all relative, isn’t it? Do they feel pain? They haven’t complained to us yet, but maybe when they learn a little more French…”

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