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"The first thing that's wrong with being a science-fiction writer today is that the present has caught up with the future and surpassed it."
- Peter Watts

Keyboard With Changing Keys  
  A computer keyboard with keys faced with little displays, so the label could change based on the application or language.  

There were fifty neat little studs; each, however, had an unlimited number of functions, according to the mode of operation - for the character visible on each stud changed according to the mode.
From Imperial Earth, by Arthur C. Clarke.
Published by Harcourt Brace in 1976
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One of the features on Clarke's Minisec.

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