John Brunner:
Science Fiction Technology and Ideas
John Brunner was born in 1934 in Oxfordshire, England; he died in 1995. He received a bachelors in modern languages from Oxford. He published his first story in 1953 in Astounding. He wrote many wonderful novels, including The Shockwave Rider and The Sheep Look Up.
Invention/Technology Source Work (Publication Date)

Autoporter - personal baggage handler
A device that carries your bag for you at airports.

The Shockwave Rider (1975)

Auto-Seal
Automatically deployed cover for power outlets; instant child-proofing.

Stand on Zanzibar (1968)

Coley Group
A musical form that involves dancing in a field of weak microwaves.

The Shockwave Rider (1975)

Computer Worm (Tapeworm) - first use of the concept
The first description of a set of computer codes that moves from one computer to another on a network as a coherent entity.

The Shockwave Rider (1975)

Data-Net
An early mention of the idea of a nationwide data network.

The Shockwave Rider (1975)

Data-Retrieval Mode - data recovery for brains
A system for getting the thoughts and images out of a person's mind; recovering the data from a brain storage device.

The Shockwave Rider (1975)

Delphi Pool
A large group of people used as a statistical sampling resource; even if the correct answer is not known, responses tend to cluster around the correct answer.

The Shockwave Rider (1975)

Desk Secretary
A desk with a computerized secretary built into it.

The Long Result (1963)

Electronic Voting
Using computer terminals to register votes from citizens.

The Shockwave Rider (1975)

Government Data Transparency
The idea that all of the information available to the government should be posted online and be easily accessible to everyone.

The Shockwave Rider (1975)

Hearing Aid - someone to listen
A service that allows people to anonymously talk with another person who only listens.

The Shockwave Rider (1975)

Inflatable Church
A church using an inflatable projection screen as an altar.

The Shockwave Rider (1975)

Karatand
A special glove made of impact-sensitive plastic.

Stand on Zanzibar (1968)

Modded Dog
A canine whose ancestors were genetically modified for higher intelligence; the trait breeds true in offspring.

The Shockwave Rider (1975)

National Network Surveillance
A system for providing the government with a way to monitor computer network use.

The Shockwave Rider (1975)

Net Shutdown Worm - computer tapeworm project
A tapeworm designed to shut down a nationwide network in the event of national emergency.

The Shockwave Rider (1975)

Paid Avoidance Zone - primitive on purpose
An area where the inhabitants agree, for a government-paid fee, to live without sophisticated services.

The Shockwave Rider (1975)

Personal Smelter - make your own ingot
A device used to reduce metallic objects (like coins, pots, cables) to an ingot with known value.

The Shockwave Rider (1975)

Retaliatory Tapeworm (Counter-Worm) - take that!
Using computers to deliberately damage another person's reputation and well-being.

The Shockwave Rider (1975)

Synthesist - the Dilettante Dept
A person who did nothing but make cross-references between one field and another.

Stand on Zanzibar (1968)

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