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"In WWII, they had a saying that there are no atheists in foxholes. I think the modern equivalent of that is that there are no jaded, bored people in the high-tech industry, in the land of really good hardcore geeks."
- Neal Stephenson

Artificial Intelligence Device (AID)  
  Hand-held device responds intelligently to military intelligence requests.  

Horner slid a black box the size of a pack of cigarettes out of his brief case and handed it to Mike. "This is an artificial intelligence device, voice activated and very interactive. It is in contact with a network of similar devices and all the extraterrestrial databases they have available to them."

He slid his own AID out and queried it. "AID, this is General Horner."

"Yes, sir." The voice was an accentless, fluid tenor, totally androgynous.

"Please initiate the other AID for the use of Michael A. O'Neal. In all areas relating to GalTech information he is to have all my clearances and information overrides, on my orders. Is that clear?" asked Horner.

"Yes it is, General. Welcome to the GalTech Infantry Design Team, Sergeant O'Neal."

From A Hymn Before Battle, by John Ringo.
Published by Baen Books in 2000
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Compare to the Joymaker from Frederik Pohl's classic 1965 novel The Age of the Pussyfoot.

Thanks to Connor Lawrence for submitting this item.

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