The Machine Stops by E.M. Forster:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

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Breed Humans For Machines
Carefully cull the strong, resilient humans in favor of weakness, that the human race might be more adapted to life in the Machine.

Cinematophote (Blue Optic Plate) - first reference to television
The first reference to a tablet-sized, handheld screen.

Machine Apartment
Each person lives isolated in their own room, supported by a vast planetary machine.

Telemedicine Apparatus - first known reference
First reference to a device that allows physicians to examine or aid patients at a distance.

The Book of the Machine
The only book needed for life in the vast Machine.

The Machine - supplies every need
A single vast contrivance that supplied all the needs of the world's millions of solitary inhabitants.

Video Communicator
A device that carried both voice and image, letting the two parties see each other.

 

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