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19th Apr '16 8:32:42 AM DannWoolf
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*** of course, Asimov failed to notice that his StrawmanHasAPoint: the government's power was based on their monopoly on chronoscopy, they blatantly admitted that they had used it specifically to suppress competition, and all scientific research was strangled by the same bureaucracy as chronoscopy, most likely enforced through the same means. The protagonists did not destroy privacy by [[CantStopTheSignal publishing their findings]], merely the government's illusion of it.

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*** of Of course, Asimov failed to notice that his StrawmanHasAPoint: the government's power was based on their monopoly on chronoscopy, they blatantly admitted that they had used it specifically to suppress competition, and all scientific research was strangled by the same bureaucracy as chronoscopy, most likely enforced through the same means. The protagonists did not destroy privacy by [[CantStopTheSignal publishing their findings]], merely the government's illusion of it.
8th Dec '15 10:08:25 PM dvorak
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* A lottery commercial shows an old man watching his younger self on a television like device; yelling at him to get a ticket while he instead messes around with a toy sculpture that goes limp when the base is pressed. When he finally does get a ticket, the old man sighs and comments "I scared me", and potters off in his levitating chair.
** A second commercial has an equally old lady watching herself on the same device get a ticket because someone grabbed the last of the candy bars she wanted. She comments to her robot butler she never thanked him properly, to which the butler replies "[[MachineMonotone I'll-send-him-a-chocolate-bar. Ha-ha-ha.]]"
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12th Oct '15 10:05:52 AM FF32
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* In ''Mission Earth'', also by Hubbard, the Voltarian Confederation uses "time-sights" to peer into the future in order to avoid oncoming obstacles when aboard spaceships using [[FTLTravel time-based "Will-be Was" engines]] ([[ArtisticLicensePhysics don't even ask]]). A character later has the bright idea to make millions on the stock market by looking at tomorrow's figures and investing accordingly.

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* In ''Mission Earth'', ''Literature/MissionEarth'', also by Hubbard, the Voltarian Confederation uses "time-sights" to peer into the future in order to avoid oncoming obstacles when aboard spaceships using [[FTLTravel time-based "Will-be Was" engines]] ([[ArtisticLicensePhysics don't even ask]]). A character later has the bright idea to make millions on the stock market by looking at tomorrow's figures and investing accordingly.
23rd Sep '15 11:36:47 PM Koveras
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* Asimov's idea is further explored by ArthurCClarke in ''TheLightOfOtherDays''. The chronoscope, a machine to create and look through wormholes in this setting, immediately becomes public and the novel explores how society would change as a result of the complete lack of privacy and ability to know the real events that modern myths and religions are based on.

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* Asimov's idea is further explored by ArthurCClarke Creator/ArthurCClarke in ''TheLightOfOtherDays''.''Literature/TheLightOfOtherDays''. The chronoscope, a machine to create and look through wormholes in this setting, immediately becomes public and the novel explores how society would change as a result of the complete lack of privacy and ability to know the real events that modern myths and religions are based on.
17th Apr '15 2:35:21 PM HeroicJay
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* A ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' episode sees Brain invent one of these. He sees an image of himself as a very old mouse still [[OncePerEpisode trying]] and [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption failing]] to take over the world and has a bit of a breakdown, until he realizes that what he's seeing is only one possible future rather than a guarantee.
14th Apr '15 7:35:25 AM Menshevik
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* OlderThanTelevision: The Martians in [[Creator/KurdLasswitz Kurd Laßwitz]]' ''Auf zwei Planeten'' ("On Two Planets", 1897) have a device called the ''Retrospektiv'' which allows them to determine what actually caused an armed incident between a British warship and a Martian vessel. It sends out gravitation rays to retrieve light rays sent off into space from the event in question.
22nd Jan '15 7:44:20 PM Mullon
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* Yeesha's necklace in ''VideoGame/{{Myst}} IV: Revelation''.

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* Yeesha's necklace in ''VideoGame/{{Myst}} IV: Revelation''.''VideoGame/MystIVRevelation''.
3rd Jan '15 7:06:31 PM Kalaong
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*** of course, Asimov failed to notice that his StrawmanHasAPoint: the government's power was based on their monopoly on chronoscopy, they blatantly admitted that they had used it specifically to suppress competition, and all scientific research was strangled by the same bureaucracy as chronoscopy, most likely enforced through the same means. The protagonists did not destroy privacy by [[CantStopTheSignal publishing their findings]], merely the government's illusion of it.
26th Dec '14 6:08:14 AM StClair
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* In the science fiction novella ''E for Effort'', a man invents a time viewer which can see any past occurrence. It doesn't have audio, they employ [[ReadingLips lipreaders]] to find out exactly what people are saying. Initially they use it to make films about the past.

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* In the science fiction novella ''E for Effort'', a man invents a time viewer which can see any past occurrence. It doesn't have audio, so they employ [[ReadingLips lipreaders]] to find out exactly what people are saying. Initially they use it to make films about the past.
26th Dec '14 6:05:43 AM StClair
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** In a twist, the ''really'' important aspect turns out to be something that in practice ''isn't'' about looking into the past (or the future, which the device can't do): [[spoiler: it can look at any place at any sufficiently recent time... which means there is no privacy, since there are no limitations on how *close* to the present it can look.]]. The government knew about this before (it was their motivation for their draconian rules, the intent being to keep it out of most hands and (per their representative's statements) unused, but once the protagonists invented a cheap and simple way to duplicate the technology and spread it widely...

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** In a twist, the ''really'' important aspect turns out to be something that in practice ''isn't'' about looking into the past (or the future, which the device can't do): [[spoiler: it can look at any place at any sufficiently recent time... which means there is no privacy, since there are no limitations on how *close* to the present it can look.]]. The government knew about this before (it was their motivation for their draconian rules, the intent being to keep it out of most hands and (per their representative's statements) unused, but once the protagonists invented a cheap and simple way to duplicate the technology and spread it widely...
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