Isaac Asimov:
Science Fiction Technology and Ideas
Isaac Asimov was born in Petrovichi, Russia in 1920. He was awarded a PhD in Biochemistry in 1948 and joined the faculty of Boston University. He started writing science fiction in 1939. He wrote:
"at the age of nine, he found the love of his life (in the inanimate sense) when he discovered his first science-fiction magazine. By the time he was eleven, he began to write stories, and at eighteen, he actually worked up the nerve to submit one. It was rejected. After four long months of tribulation and suffering, he sold his first story and, thereafter, he never looked back."
His extraordinary output comprises some 500 volumes on every conceivable subject. His most famous science fiction works include the Foundation trilogy and I, Robot.
Invention/Technology Source Work (Publication Date)

Pocket Computer - a PDA
A pocket-sized computer.

The Feeling of Power (1958)

Pocket Nucleo-Bulb - better than those LED flashlights
A nuclear-powered pocket-sized flashlight.

Foundation (1951)

Pocket Projector
A personal device for replaying media.

Foundation and Empire (1952)

Positronic Brain - many connections
A computer CPU with the capacity to rival a human brain.

Reason (1941)

Positronic Motor
A combination of motor and brain; an engine with a cerebellum and a carburetor.

Sally (1953)

Powered Print-Book
Part computer, part book.

Prelude to Foundation (1988)

Predictable Crime
A criminal act that computers were able to foresee in advance.

All the Troubles in the World (1958)

Prime Radiant - the ultimate conference projector
A projector that puts all of a vast collection of writings on the wall of a special conference room. You could interact with it by writing on the wall; changes were stored.

Second Foundation (1953)

Print-Book
You’ve seen them.

Prelude to Foundation (1988)

Psychic Probe
A device capable of discerning truthful information in a living human brain.

Foundation and Empire (1952)

Psychohistory
Branch of mathematics describes the behavior of human beings en masses.

Foundation (1951)

R. Daneel Olivaw - I, robot
A human-like robot, skilled in police work.

Caves of Steel (1953)

Recorded Books
Electronically recorded books.

Foundation and Empire (1952)

Ribbon World
A planet that presents the same face to its sun has a small habitable area - the ribbon between light and dark.

Foundation and Empire (1952)

Robbie - mechanical child companion
A childcare robot.

Robbie (1940)

Robot Surgeon
An autonomous robotic surgeon.

The Bicentennial Man (1976)

Robot Voice
A voice box for a robot that is an analog of the human voice system.

Catch That Rabbit (1944)

Roboticist
A person who creates or works with robots.

Robot AL-76 Goes Astray (1941)

Roboticist
A person who works on robots.

Evidence (1946)

Robotics
The engineering field encompassing the creation and maintenance of robots.

Liar (1941)

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