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"Science fiction operates a little bit like science itself, in principle. You've got thousands of people exploring ideas, putting forth their own hypotheses. Most of them are dead wrong; a few stand the test of time; everything looks kind of quaint in hind"
- Peter Watts

Vibrowriter  
  A device that translated speech and typed it out for you.  

This is a very early use of the idea of a machine transcriptionist. Note that good pronunciation was required.

There was a man there, Henry Jordan, who had gained international renown by his work with vibrations. He was the inventor of the vibrowriter, the new typewriter that could be talked to, and which transposed the spoken sound into typed words, a contrivance which made perfect spelling possible, provided the words were perfectly pronounced.
From The Lost Language, by David H. Keller.
Published by Teck Publications in 1934
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Compare to the telescribe from A Question of Salvage (1939) by Malcom Jameson, the speakwrite from 1984 (1948) by George Orwell, the transcriber from Second Foundation (1953) by Isaac Asimov and the electrosecretary from A Fall of Moondust (1961) by Arthur C. Clarke.

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