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"This is a predictive tool I've used: There are goals we've sought for ten thousand years, and we'll go on seeking them. Instant transport and travel, immortality (or at least longevity and miracle cures.), instant learning "
- Larry Niven

Generate New Phone Number  
  A software program that creates a new phone number for each call.  

For those who don't want to be tracked, this is a great idea.

So I called people all over the country - interesting phone system he's got, by the way; it generates a new number for every call, and you can't call back or trace it.
From Press Enter, by John Varley.
Published by Davis Publications in 1984
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Compare to J.G. Ballard's free telephone call from The Subliminal Man (1963) and the pocket phone from Robert Heinlein's 1953 story Assignment in Eternity.

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