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"Science fiction operates a little bit like science itself, in principle. You've got thousands of people exploring ideas, putting forth their own hypotheses. Most of them are dead wrong; a few stand the test of time; everything looks kind of quaint in hind"
- Peter Watts

Live Memo  
  A paper memo or short letter that reads itself and can even argue with or exhort its reader.  

Once more he picked up the memo, squeezed it, and it instantly whined "... this opportunity presents EME with an acute challenge, Nat... Eh, Nat?"

"Yes," Nat Flieger said, nodding absently, replying to Leo Dondoldo's voice.

The memo was trying to sell him on that, too. "...everybody knows that Kongrosian has up until quite recently played before private gatherings," the memo declared fervently... "

He answered the memo. "I'll handle it, Mr. Dondoldo..."

"Whee," the memo exulted. Nat Fleiger felt sympathy for it.

From The Simulacra, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by 1964 in Ace
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Compare this idea to the talking tape from Distraction (1998), memo-voice from War Game (1959), the e-sheet from Darwin's Children (2003) and the talking pamphlet from do-it-yourself (1974).

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