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"The whole problem of energy sources is going to be solved by little solutions, not by some big new piece of technology that does everything. We got into this crisis by believing that we had one big piece of technology that would do everything (oil)."
- Gregory Benford

Vision Plate  
  A flat panel monitor.  

This is a variant on the word visiplate.

The skipper studied the [stereophotos] of Tommy's taking, and put them aside. He went back to his uneasy contemplation of the vision plates ahead.
From First Contact, by Murray Leinster.
Published by Street and Smith Co. in 1945
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This term probably appeared earlier; I've read that Alexander M. Phillips used it in Martian Gesture, a short story that appeared in the Wonder Stories in October of 1935, but I can't find the story to get a quote.

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