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"Human beings hardly ever learn from the experience of others. They learn; when they do, which isn't often, on their own, the hard way."
- Robert Heinlein

Handbag Computer  
  Device capable of carrying on your conversation for you.  

Dinner with Aileen again, at the "Bronx." A sweet girl, always has something to say, not like those women in the scuttle who let their handbag computers carry all the conversation. Today at the Lost and Found I saw three of the things quietly chatting in a corner, until they got into an argument.
From The Futurological Congress, by Stanislaw Lem.
Published by Not Known in 1983
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Compare to the pocket computer from The Feeling of Power (1958) by Isaac Asimov

Thanks to Yossi for the reference and the quote.

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