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"My father was a master mechanic; I grew up with a screwdriver in one hand and a pair of pliers in the other."
- Frank Herbert

Mnemiphot  
  A device used to search for information, which is then presented on a convenient screen.  

Presenting a bland face to the scrutiny of the desk clerk, he sauntered into the library, where he selected a cubicle, settled himself before the mnemiphot. Consulting the index for Kokod, he punched the appropriate keys.

The screen came to life. Magnus Ridolph inspected first a series of charts which established that Kokod was an exceedingly small world of high specific gravity.

Next appeared a projection of the surface, accompanied by a slow-moving strip of descriptive matter.

From The Kokod Warriors, by Jack Vance.
Published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1952
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It appears that the user can search for, or request, specific information. The presentation is more in the form of a documentary video.

However, you'll notice that there is no tedious fumbling with tapes, disks or microfiche.

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