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"There's no point in making a mistake unless you understand the mistake so that you donít make it again."
- Alfred Bester

Handbag Computer  
  Device capable of carrying on your conversation for you.  

Dinner with Aileen again, at the "Bronx." A sweet girl, always has something to say, not like those women in the scuttle who let their handbag computers carry all the conversation. Today at the Lost and Found I saw three of the things quietly chatting in a corner, until they got into an argument.
Technovelgy from The Futurological Congress, by Stanislaw Lem.
Published by Seabury Press in 1974
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Compare to the pocket computer from The Feeling of Power (1958) by Isaac Asimov

Thanks to Yossi for the reference and the quote.

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