Full quote: (A martian discusses, with the stowaway, why what remains of his faded and spent civilization has no fear of artificially intelligent machines in contrast to humankind's fear of comparatively simple machine tools and the changes they bring.)
"Machines have come early into your race history. The were not necessary. They were thrust suddenly upon a race with no great problems, a race, moreover, so primitive that it was still—is still—full of superstition. We did not invent the machine until it was necessary for our survival. You invented the machine and caused it to be necessary for your survival."
From Stowaway to Mars (1935), ch XIX: Vaygan, by John Wyndham