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"Bureaucracies hide their mistakes, because people's careers are tied to those mistakes. Therefore, bureaucracies are a perfect mechanism for perpetuating mistakes."
- Frank Herbert

Vision Plate  
  A flat panel monitor.  

This is a variant on the word visiplate.

The skipper studied the [stereophotos] of Tommy's taking, and put them aside. He went back to his uneasy contemplation of the vision plates ahead.
Technovelgy from First Contact, by Murray Leinster.
Published by Street and Smith Co. in 1945
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This term probably appeared earlier; I've read that Alexander M. Phillips used it in Martian Gesture, a short story that appeared in the Wonder Stories in October of 1935, but I can't find the story to get a quote.

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