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"The best fuzzy rules, the best knowledge, deal with the turning points of the system. If a race-car driver teaches you how to drive, you don't need him to show you how to drive on the straightaway. It's how he handles the curves that matters."
- Bart Kosko

Dirac Transmitter (also Tranceiver or Communicator)  
  A device that provides instantaneous communication anywhere in the galaxy.  

In Cities in Flight, the great cities of Earth have left; gone into orbit using the spindizzy, a device that counters gravity. They travel from star to star looking for work. They communicate using the Dirac transmitter.

At this point in the novel, a particular job is being discussed.

...one of the things they offer in payment is a new course which they say will take us into an iron-bearing star cluster, very recently settled, where there's likely to be plenty of work for us."

"So they say."

"and I belive them," Lutz said sharply. "Everything they've said to me, they've also said on the open air, by Dirac transmitter. The cops have heard every word, not only locally, but wherever in the whole universe that there's a Dirac transceiver."

From Cities in Flight, by James Blish.
Published by Avon in 1957
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The first use of the Dirac communicator was in Blish's story Beep, published in 1954. He sometimes also calls it an "ultraphone" - this term dates from E.E. "Doc" Smith's 1934 novel Skylark of Valeron.

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