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"There's a tendency to think that maybe if we can just throw enough hardware at the AI problem, then evolution can take care of the rest. Certainly that's how God went about making us."
- Rudy Rucker

Talking Speedometer  
  A gauge that tells you its value verbally  

This is an early use of the idea of a gauge that does not need you to look at it to get a "reading."

He pressed the accelerator under his finger, and as he passed the 150-k.p.h. mark the speedometer's mechanical whisper cut in- "One sixty- One sixty-eight- One eighty-"
Technovelgy from Biddiver, by Theodore Sturgeon.
Published by Astounding Science-Fiction in 1941
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Sturgeon couldn't resist adding another example:

He went quite peacefully to sleep then, ignoring the new whispering voice that joined that of the speedometer:

"Four hundred twelve k.p.h.-"

"Altitude twenty-three thousand fifty-"

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