sci-fi short story (Isaac Asimov?) about a machine that can copy anything (Not The People Maker/A is for Anything)

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sci-fi short story (Isaac Asimov?) about a machine that can copy anything (Not The People Maker/A is for Anything)

1ptbptb
gen. 18, 2:17am

Short story where aliens give humanity a machine that can copy anything, including itself (but no living things) as a test. Either humanity will destroy itself by misusing the machines, or show wisdom by not using them. Only humanity soon proves able to go on pretty much 'business as usual' after turning the economy upside down. (The new system being based on copyright and novelty).

2alco261
gen. 18, 3:27pm

The story is Business as Usual, During Alterations - Ralph Williams - collected in Prologue to Analog

3ptbptb
Editat: gen. 18, 8:48pm

Alright! Thanks a lot. :)

Totally not Isaac Asimov, then. Guy wrote so much I have a tendency to credit him for everything.

P.S. I can't believe I actually used 'business as usual' in my post but didn't realize it was part of the title.

4alco261
gen. 18, 10:22pm

You're welcome - that story and A Filbert is a Nut are my top two favorites in the Prologue to Analog collection.