Religion: Sacred Electronics

The five machines stood, rectangular, silver-green, silent. They were obviously not thinking about anything at all as Archbishop Giovanni Battista Montini of Milan raised his hand to bless them.

"It would seem at first sight," said the archbishop, "that automation, which transfers to machines operations that were previously reserved to man's genius and labor, so that machines think and remember and correct and control, would create a vaster difference between man and the contemplation of God. But this isn't so. It mustn't be so. By blessing these machines, we are causing a contract to be made and a current to run between...

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