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"I can remember when the first pulsars were discovered. I was able to go and sit down and listen to graduate students talking about what their theories, to explain what pulsars really were."
- Vernor Vinge

Taprisiot Monitor Bead  
  A small bead to be swallowed that allowed the thoughts of a person to be transmitted and recorded during a specified interval.  

It is not clear from the text whether this is a natural product (something extruded by a taprisiot) or an artifact.

He'd have his own Taprisiot link sitting safely here, while he went out and risked his vulnerable flesh.
From The Dosadi Experiment, by Frank Herbert.
Published by Berkley Putnam in 1977
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Getting a monitor is not a good sign; typically, it was assumed that the bead would be activated upon your impending death, so all of the details could be transmitted to your parent agency.

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Compare to the ingestible communication capsule from E.E. 'Doc Smith's 1934 novel Triplanetary.

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