"One can see the free software movement as a precusor for a "free hardware" or "free wetware" movement--one that will provide free libraries of designs for biological or nanotechnological products that replicators can be programmed to churn out."
This Astounding cover shows the enormous battle tank display:
In a letter to Astounding magazine, editor John W. Campbell stated the acknowledgement of Captain Cal Lanning that Smiths ideas were used extensively in the design of US Navy warship's Combat Information Centers.
"The entire set-up was taken specifically, directly, and consciously from the Directrix. In your story, you reached the situation the Navy was in—more communication channels than integration techniques to handle it. You proposed such an integrating technique and proved how advantageous it could be. You, sir, were 100% right. As the Japanese Navy—not the hypothetical Boskonian fleet—learned at an appalling cost."
Thanks to Mark Charters for pointing this out and to Winchell Chung for having gathered a quote and a picture on Project Rho.
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