Converse genie etymology

In his Shannon Lecture, Abbas mentioned that his work with Costa on deterministic interference channels was the first to use “genie-aided” converse arguments (essentially assuming the decoder has more information), but that they “lacked the imagination” to use that name. The question is, who did come up with the term “genie” in connection with converses?


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