Mona Lisa Overdrive by William Gibson:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

Mona can tap into cyberspace without a computer; Sense/Net star Angie Mitchell can tape her personal experience for everyone to share. Plots, yakuza, cool gadgets. Select an invention:

Automated Space Factories
Manufacturing based in space.

Bank Chip - a smart credit card
A "smart" credit card.

Brainlock - life in the now
A technique to focus the attention of prisoners on a limited task, precluding the possibility of escape.

Cleaning Machine Warren
A room or space set aside for machinery when not in use.

Dornier - VTOL surveillance drone
A small surveillance drone capable of hovering in midair.

High Orbit Archipelago
The habitable spaces in high earth orbit.

House Voice - Thurber's nightmare
A house-based system that mediates technologies (like phone) with a verbal interface directed to the inhabitants of the house.

Hovercraft - rides on a cushion of air
A vehicle that moves about on a cushion of air.

Korsakov's - mind control
A type of mind control imposed on prisoners to make them more manageable during their prison time.

Lunar Concrete
A building material using lunar dust or similar surface material as a main ingredient.

Maas-Neotek Biochip
An integrated circuit chip (or equivalent) that provides hardware and firmware for creating a virtual entity.

Polycarbon Exo - a military exoskeleton
Exoskeleton made of a strong, lightweight material.

Projection Rig - envy of presenters
A portable holographic projector.

Recorded Personalities
Computer firmware that saves a person's characteristics and reactions.

Sculpted Teeth
Go beyond teeth whitening to shaped teeth - for a more modern smile.

SIN (Single Identification Number) - national ID

Suit Designer

Trode-Net - electrode webbing

 

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