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"On-line gaming environments are completely different things... Essentially it's massive global role-playing."
- Peter Watts

Robot Control Board  
  Control panel with small screens showing the point of view of different robots.  

"Look here," said the professor. He was leading the way to a massive board on the right side of the room. "Here is the robot control board. Do you see these many hundreds of tiny, mirror-like circles? On those register all the things that pass before the eye in my robots. It is done by the use of an advanced form of television broadcaster. For every circle here, there is a robot, and you can see the intense concentration of energy necessary to control all of them at the same time."


(The Robot Master)

Technovelgy from The Robot Master, by O.L. Beckwith.
Published by Air Wonder Stories in 1929
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(Control Board from 'The Robot Master' by OL Beckworth, Jr.)
"Here is the robot control board. These hundreds of
circles register all things that pass before the eye in
my robots. For every circle here there is a robot."

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