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"[Science fiction is] nightmares and visions, always outlined by the barely possible."
- Gregory Benford

Gnostotron  
  Computing device capable of producing an informational model of absolutely everything in existence.  

"...To put it simply, then, all we have to do is construct a digital device, a computer capable of producing an informational model of absolutely everything in existence. Properly programmed, it will provide us with an exact simulation of the Highest Possible Level of Development, which we can then question and thereby obtain the Ultimate Answers!"

As it turned out, this digital device was none other than the famed Gnostotron conceived by Chlorian Theoreticus the Proph just before his lamentable demise, a machine able literally to contain the Universe Itself within its innumerable memory banks. (Klapaucius, however, was not satisfied with the name, and now and then tried to think up others to christen it: the Omniac, the Pansophoscope, the APOC for All Purpose Ontologue Computer, or the Mahatmatic 500, to mention a few.)

From The Cyberiad: Fables for the Cybernetic Age, by Stanislaw Lem.
Published by Unknown in 1965
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Compare this idea with the metal calculator planet, a regular planet covered with machinery to a depth of twenty miles.

Fans of Douglas Adams will see that Lem anticipated Deep Thought, the supercomputer from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

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