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"The answer to the problem of information overload on the Net is reputations… engineer a system called a reputation server."
- Neal Stephenson

Green Bullet  
  A very compact (for 1950) radio transceiver, worn in the ear like a hearing aid.  

In the near future presented in this famous novel, no one reads anymore; everyone gets their ideas and news from clowns and good-looking news morons on huge television screens in their homes. Obviously a very far-fetched scenario.

In addition, books are illegal and "firemen" exist to set fire to homes with books in them. Guy Montag is one such fireman, who loses his faith in the system and wants to know more about the world of ideas that he is missing. He meets Faber, who offers to go with Montag via a small transceiver hidden in his ear.

"My cowardice is of such a passion, complementing the revolutionary spirit that lives in its shadow, I was forced to design this."

He picked up a small green object no larger than a .22 bullet.

"It looks like a seashell radio."

"And something more! It listens! If you put it in your ear, Montag, I can sit comfortably home, warming my frightened bones, and hear and analyze the firemen's world, find its weaknesses, without danger. I'm the queen bee, safe in the hive. You will be the drone, the traveling ear..."

Montag placed the green bullet in his ear

From Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury.
Published by Doubleday in 1953
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You might want to compare a very similar treatment (in a literary sense) in Nanotime, by Bart Kosko (see Raisin). Both of these devices carry on the tradition of the wise companion, found in all of the world's literary traditions.

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  More Ideas and Technology from Fahrenheit 451
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  - Bradbury's Green Bullet Made Possible With Bluetooth

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