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[T]he evolution of machine intelligence: stone circles, clocks, steam-driven looms, a clicking brass forest of pawls and escapements, vacuum caught in blown glass, electronic hearthglow through hairfine filaments, vast arrays of tubes and switches, decoding messages encrypted by other machines.... The fragile, short-lived tubes compact themselves, become transistors; circuits integrate, compact themselves into silicon.... — William Gibson, Mona Lisa Overdrive