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"We didn't have a telephone and our family until I was about 15, in high school."
- Ray Bradbury

Taprisiot  
  A kind of symbiote, which attuned itself to the user, allowing an expansion of consciousness - telepathic communication anywhere in the galaxy in real time.  

This is a symbiote which serves the purpose of a communication device. It is included here even though it is not an artificially created being. It is a megaphone for consciousness, allowing your thoughts to be heard by a selected individual parsecs away.

They appeared to be short lengths of tree trunks cut off at top and bottom. Taprisiots took your awareness across those parsecs to merge you with another mind.
From The Dosadi Experiment, by Frank Herbert.
Published by Berkley Putnam in 1977
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If the galaxy were large enough, and there were enough different creatures and civilizations in it, you might not need to invent anything. Just find the species that does what you want as a byproduct of its own evolution.

Apparently, a taprisiot only allowed you to contact one person at a time - no conference calls!

And you might want to do this in private; the sniggertrance of communication across the galaxy is, well, undignified.

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