Bio-Optic Organized Knowledge LO17253 -Humor

Richard Karash (
Mon, 2 Mar 1998 12:52:02 -0500 (EST)

Normally, I'm not out looking for msgs to forward to the LO list, but I
couldn't resist this one which appeared on Michael Lissak's Complexity
list. The sender (Chad Steele) may or may not be the original
author of this piece. Enjoy...

-- Rick Karash <>

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From: Chad Steele <>
Subject: Bio-Optic Organized Knowledge
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 1998 11:28:00 -0500

Introducing the new Bio-Optic Organized Knowledge device, trade named BOOK.

BOOK is a revolutionary breakthrough in technology: no wires, no electric
circuits, no batteries, nothing to be connected or switched on. It's so
easy to use even a child can operate it. Compact and portable, it can
be used anywhere--even sitting in an armchair by the fire-yet it is
powerful enough to hold as much information as a CD-ROM disc. Here's how it

Book is constructed of sequentially numbered sheets of paper (recyclable),
each capable of holding thousands of bits of information. The pages are
locked together with a custom-fit device called a binding that keeps the
sheets in their correct sequence. Opaque Paper Technology (OPT) allows
manufactures to use both sides of the sheet, doubling the information density
and cutting costs. Experts are divided on the prospects for further
increases in information density; for now, BOOKS with more information simply
use more pages. Each sheet is scanned optically, registering information
directly into your brain. A flick of the finger takes you to the next sheet.

BOOK may be taken up at any time and used merely by opening it. BOOK
never crashes or requires rebooting, though like other display devices it can
become unusable if dropped overboard.

The "browse" feature allows you to move instantly to any sheet, and move
forward or backward as you wish. Many come with an "index" feature that
pinpoints the exact location of any selected information for instant
retrieval. An optional "BOOKmark" accessory allows you to open BOOK to
the exact place you left it in a previous session, even if the BOOK has
been closed. BOOKmarks fit universal design standards; thus, a single
BOOKmark can be used by various manufactures. Conversely, numerous
BOOKmarkers can be used in a single BOOK if the user wants to store numerous
views at once. The number is limited only by the number of pages in the BOOK.

You can also make personal notes next to BOOK text entries with an optional
programming tool, the Portable Erasable Nib Cryptic Intercommunication
Language Stylus (PENCILS).

Portable, durable, and affordable, BOOK is being hailed as a precursor
of a new entertainment wave. Also, BOOK's appeal seems so certain that
thousands of content creators have committed to the platform and
investors are reportedly flocking. Look for a flood of new titles soon.
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