Virtually human

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Virtually human

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He was virtually identical

to a human being.

His job was to control

the quality of vegetables and fruit

sold at the chain

of up-market outlets

for which he worked.

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He could determine

just with a slight touch

at what stage of ripeness

an avocado was,

and by smelling a papaya

he could tell whether it would ripen

within five days.

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He was married

and had two children.

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He was virtually identical

to a human being.

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Sometimes he dreamed.

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He was temporarily deactivated

in order to reprogram

certain of his algorithms.

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They didn’t like his tendency

to sometimes resist his programming,

it was too human.