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"The world is really so surreal these days that it's necessary for us to blunt it somehow in order to stay sane. The artist functions to short-circuit the buffering mechanism, so that people can occasionally perceive the weirdness of things as they are."
- William Gibson

Digital Ink License Plate  
  License tags that can change both state and number in the blink of an eye.  

Slick implementation of this idea with near-future technology. How can you alter your license plate without leaving your car?

Gragg motioned with one black-gloved hand... Gragg's digital ink license plates flicked from California to Oregon vanity tags that read GECCO...
From Daemon, by Daniel Suarez.
Published by Dutton in 2009
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When I read about this, I immediately thought to the same idea implemented with futuristic 1941-style technology in Robert Heinlein's novel Methuselah's Children; see the entry for alterable license number.

I seem to recall that 007 had something similar, but with a rotating "drum" of plates, in the 1960's.

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