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"The SF approach: an awareness that things could have been different, that this is one of many possible worlds, that if you came to this world from some other planet, this would be a science fiction world."
- Neal Stephenson

Psycho-Phone  
  A device that recorded and played back the thoughts of the user.  

...the art of penmanship had disappeared with the invention of the psycho-phone, an instrument that directly transferred and preserved the thoughts of a person, so that at any future time the small glass cylinder could be inserted into a radio and repeat the thought. This machine had completely supplanted the pen and typewriter in the commercial, literary and educational life. Only a few of the savants was able to write...
From A Biological Experiment, by David H. Keller.
Published by Amazing Stories in 1928
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See also the espionage machine from Cordwainer Smith's 1958 story No, No, Not Rogov!. Also, an earlier reference to the idea that one person can actually experience the transmitted experience of another can be found in the wonderful 1939 story Masson's Secret, by Raymond Z. Gallun. Read about the neuronic receptor-transmitter. See also the Life Chamber from The Chamber of Life, by G. Peyton Wertenbaker., published by Amazing Stories in 1929.

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