"...being predictive, being right about the future, is not the point of any given story or novel. The point is about exploring as wide a range of possibilities as possible."
This Is a very early, if not the earliest, reference to machine translation of language, in science fiction.
Compare to Translator Discs from Ringworld (1970) by Larry Niven, the Babel fish from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979) by Douglas Adams and Language Rectifier from Ralph 124c 41 + (1911) by Hugo Gernsback.
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