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"This is a predictive tool I've used: There are goals we've sought for ten thousand years, and we'll go on seeking them. Instant transport and travel, immortality (or at least longevity and miracle cures.), instant learning "
- Larry Niven

Ghostsmoke  
  An advertisement projected onto a fine mist.  

Lilo and Vaffa moved through a maze of floating advertisements of ghostsmoke and holomist that followed the prospective customer and played breath-catching tricks with perspective, all the time broadcasting direct to the inner ear, thus evading the noise-pollution laws.

They managed to whirl out of the mainstream into a green eddy of parkland.

From The Ophiuchi Hotline, by John Varley.
Published by Quantum Science Fiction in 1977
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Here's a real-life example that is quite similar. The AquaScript information waterfall uses bitmap-rendered water streams to show both text and images in an engaging display.


(AquaScript AquaDisplay video)

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