Philip K. Dick:
Science Fiction Technology and Ideas
Philip K. Dick was born in Chicago in 1928; he died of heart failure in 1982. He won the Hugo for The Man in the High Castle and the John Campbell award for Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said. Many of his short stories have been made into movies; Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? (Bladerunner) and We Can Remember It For You Wholesale (Total Recall).
Invention/Technology Source Work (Publication Date)

Unicephalon 40-D - yes, mr. president
A problem-solving supercomputer.

Stand-By (1963)

Unit Analyst Robot
A robotic psychoanalyst.

The Chromium Fence (1955)

Visual Ad
An advertisement that forces its way directly into the brain of the viewer.

Sales Pitch (1954)

Visual Report Screen
A device that allows a robot nanny to let the owners view what the robot sees from a remote location.

Nanny (1955)

Voice Encyclopedia - a robot has answers
Access to information via robotic voice recognition over the phone.

Galactic Pot-Healer (1969)

Voight-Kampff Empathy Test - can you pass?
A test consisting of a set of images and questions, asked while the subject's biometric data are gathered; intended to separate humans from non-humans.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968)

Vulcan 3 - endless self-modifying computer
Artificially intelligent self-modifying supercomputer.

Vulcan's Hammer (1960)

Water Brain Fountain
A drinking fountain that locates your mouth, rather than you having to lean down to the spout.

War Veteran (1955)

Weary Deep-Sleep
Phildickian old-sleep.

Lies, Inc. (1964)

Web (Data Network) - remarkable first use
An information network.

Souvenir (1954)

Weightless Work Area - the ideal workbench
A small workspace within which there is no gravitational pull.

Galactic Pot-Healer (1969)

Win-Reducing Gambling Circuit - very sneaky
Circuitry in a game that detects winning strategies and then alters the game to make winning more difficult.

Return Match (1967)

Word Tab - find out more info.
A feature of an e-paper document; touch the word tab and get more information.

Cantata 140 (1964)

Worldcraft Bubble
An incredibly detailed mechanical simulation of a world.

The Trouble With Bubbles (1953)

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