11:26:03

"May not man himself become a sort of parasite upon the machines? An affectionate machine-tickling aphid?" Samuel Butler, 1872

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11:39:26

"Man's very soul is due to the machines; it is a machine-made thing: he thinks as he thinks, and feels as he feels, through the work that machines have wrought upon him..."

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12:14:47

"...whereas animals were formerly the only stomachs of the machines, there are now many which have stomachs of their own, and consume their food themselves."

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12:25:45

"Surely if a machine is able to reproduce another machine systematically, we may say that it has a reproductive system... "But it is man that makes them do so. Yes, but is it not insects that make many of the plants reproductive..."

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12:26:35

"... and would not whole families of plants die out if their fertilisation was not effected by a class of agents foreign to themselves?"

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