Skills of Xanadu

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"The Skills of Xanadu" by Theodore Sturgeon.

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Paul D. Fernhout:

"If you haven't read it, anyone interested in P2P would enjoy reading the 1950s sci-fi short story "The Skills of Xanadu" by Theodore Sturgeon. In:

It inspired Ted Nelson's Xanadu hypertext system. Essentially, everyone on a planet wears a nanotech networked somewhat-self-replicating computer giving them access to all human knowledge through a sort of peer-to-peer telepathy, and another hierarchically oriented society shows up to conquer them."

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  1. To Marry Medusa. Theodore Sturgeon.