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"But the problem with reincarnation is that it's hard to imagine what the storage medium for past lives would be. Not to mention the input-output device. I hesitate to rule it out completely, but I'd need pretty definite proof."
- Arthur C. Clarke

Sky-Eye  
  A football-sized flying surveillance device.  

In the corner was another pane containing a standard picture of an anticrime sky-eye, which looked, to Judge Fang, like an American football as redesigned by fetishists; glossy and black and studded.

Miss Pao continued, "The sky-eye dispatched a flight of eight smaller aerostats equipped with cine cameras."

The kinky football was replaced by a picture of a tear-drop-shaped craft, about the size of an almond, trailing a whip antenna, with an orifice at its nose protected by an incongruously beautiful iris.

From The Diamond Age, by Neal Stephenson.
Published by Bantam Books in 1995
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