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"I suspect that religion is a necessary evil in the childhood of our particular species. And that's one of the interesting things about contact with other intelligences: we could see what role, if any, religion plays in their development."
- Arthur C. Clarke

Live Memo  
  A paper memo or short letter that reads itself and can even argue with or exhort its reader.  

Once more he picked up the memo, squeezed it, and it instantly whined "... this opportunity presents EME with an acute challenge, Nat... Eh, Nat?"

"Yes," Nat Flieger said, nodding absently, replying to Leo Dondoldo's voice.

The memo was trying to sell him on that, too. "...everybody knows that Kongrosian has up until quite recently played before private gatherings," the memo declared fervently... "

He answered the memo. "I'll handle it, Mr. Dondoldo..."

"Whee," the memo exulted. Nat Fleiger felt sympathy for it.

From The Simulacra, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Ace in 1964
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Compare this idea to the talking tape from Distraction (1998), memo-voice from War Game (1959), the e-sheet from Darwin's Children (2003) and the talking pamphlet from do-it-yourself (1974).

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