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"There's a tendency to think that maybe if we can just throw enough hardware at the AI problem, then evolution can take care of the rest. Certainly that's how God went about making us."
- Rudy Rucker

Voice Encyclopedia  
  Access to information via robotic voice recognition over the phone.  

Going to the phone he dialed the encyclopedia number.

"Good evening," a robotic voice said. "What info do you require, sir or madam?"

Joe said, "Give me a brief description of the social development on Sirius five."

Without the passing of even a tenth of a second the artificial voice said, "It is an ancient society…"

From Galactic Pot-Healer, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Berkley Publishing in 1969
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Compare to the universal dictionary from Robert Heinlein's still-enjoyable juvenile novel The Star Beast.

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