“It was no brute whom Smiley was pursuing with such mastery, no unqualified fanatic after all, no automaton,” le Carré writes.
Despite how he might come across in the history books, he wasn't some bland, rule-following "high-integrity" automaton.
But it did suggest that Rubio was more than a Reaganite automaton.
Through it she darted, the automaton following relentlessly.
It was followed by a stillness not only of the automaton itself, but also of ourselves.
The automaton reached out and began rubbing sharply at the insulation of the feed wires.
The truth was that I had almost forgotten this latter creature, the automaton.
Just as deliberately the automaton reached out to turn the handle of the combination.
He can tell you of the message the automaton scrawled for him on a bit of paper.
Although this second automaton was very complicated, it did not so fully occupy my time as the first.
robotics, mathematics, algorithm
(Plural automata) A machine, robot, or formal system designed to follow a precise sequence of instructions.
Automata theory, the invention and study of automata, includes the study of the capabilities and limitations of computing processes, the manner in which systems receive input, process it, and produce output, and the relationships between behavioural theories and the operation and use of automated devices.
See also cellular automaton, finite state machine.