"I can't tell whether or not there's going to be a Singularity. I don't really believe the rapture of the nerds stereotype..."
As far as I know, the oxygen concentrator technology didn't become popular until the 1970's. This is an extension of the idea of a hyperbaric chamber, which dates from the early 1900's.
Compare to the oxygen hip flask from Earth (1990) by David Brin.
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