Jonathan Swift:
Science Fiction Technology and Ideas
Jonathan Swift (b. 1667 d. 1745) was an Irish cleric, essayist and satirist. Famous for such works as Gulliver's Travels and A Modest Proposal. He left most of his personal fortune to found a hospital for the mentally ill in 1757, which still serves patients today.
Invention/Technology Source Work (Publication Date)

Bio-Energy - produce electricity from organic material
The first reference to extracting electricity from organic materials.

Gulliver's Travels (1726)

Geometric Modeling - eighteenth century NURBS
The first recorded use of geometric figures to directly represent, or model, living beings.

Gulliver's Travels (1726)

Knowledge Engine - machine-made expertise
The first reference to a machine that could create sentences or write books.

Gulliver's Travels (1726)

Laputa - a floating island
A floating island or rock in the air.

Gulliver's Travels (1726)

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