"Science fiction is really sociological studies of the future, things that the writer believes are going to happen by putting two and two together."
This is a very simple extension of a now common idea; make use of waterbed technology in other rooms in your house.
Lots of people think that science fiction writer Robert Heinlein invented the waterbed; see the entry for hydraulic bed, from Stranger in a Strange Land for a more complete story.
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