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"I think we're still on that topic, still trying to figure out what computers are, how they change us, why we use them."
- Neal Stephenson

Espionage Machine  
  A machine that makes it possible to experience the sensations of another person at a distance.  

N. Rogov was a distinguished Soviet scientist, and a prisoner of the Soviet State military system.

The first product Stalin had asked for was a receiver, if possible, one capable of tuning in the thoughts of a human mind and of translating these thoughts either into a punch tape machine, an adapted German Hellschrieber machine, or phonetic speech...

He had tried to develop a telepathic helmet of some kind, but it did not work. He had then turned away from the reception of pure thought to the reception of visual and auditory images. Where the nerve-ends reached the brain itself, he had managed over the years to distinguish whole packets of microphenomena, and on some of these he had managed to get a fix.

With infinitely delicate tuning he had succeeded one day in picking up in picking up the eyesight of their second chauffeur... and had managed to see through the other man's eyes as the other man, all unaware, washed their Zis limousine sixteen hundred meters away.

From No, No, Not Rogov!, by Cordwainer Smith.
Published by Quinn Publishing in 1958
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