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"In 1970 I found little difficulty staying 30 years ahead of the man in the street, and now I find it difficult to stay 18 months ahead of the man on the street."
- Vernor Vinge

Matter Organizer  
  A device that could cause a computer-generated image to be constructed as a real object.  

In Diaspar, a change in the city computer could effect a change in the city itself.

Etania's interests were of a more esthetic nature. She designed and constructed, with the aid of the matter organizers, three-dimensional interlacing patters of such beautiful complexity that they were really extremely advanced problems in topology. Her work could be seen all over Diaspar, and some of her patterns had been incorporated in the floors of the great halls of choreography, where they were used as the basis for evolving new ballet creations and dance motifs.
From The City and the Stars, by Arthur C. Clarke.
Published by Unknown in 1956
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