“It was no brute whom Smiley was pursuing with such mastery, no unqualified fanatic after all, no automaton,” le Carré writes.
But it did suggest that Rubio was more than a Reaganite automaton.
Despite how he might come across in the history books, he wasn't some bland, rule-following "high-integrity" automaton.
Through it she darted, the automaton following relentlessly.
Like an automaton he turned again and paced to the hall door.
The automaton reached out and began rubbing sharply at the insulation of the feed wires.
I was an automaton turning a crank in the frozen stillness of the long, long night.
Just as deliberately the automaton reached out to turn the handle of the combination.
You take orders like an automaton, and you go execute them like an automaton.
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.