The Cyberiad: Fables for the Cybernetic Age by Stanislaw Lem:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

A set of humorous short stories by Stanisław Lem. The Polish version was first published in 1965, with an English translation appearing in 1974. The main protagonists of the series are Trurl and Klapaucius, the "constructors" (or "makers" in today's parlance). Select an invention:

Electronic Bard
A computing machine that is able to write original poetry.

Femfatalatron
A device that reverses an infatuation for a particular woman.

Gigagnostotron
Enormously powerful computing device.

Gnostotron
Computing device capable of producing an informational model of absolutely everything in existence.

Kingdom in a Box
An entire civilization in miniature - in an interactive box.

Model the Universe
A computer capacious enough to contain a representation of the entire universe.

Smart Dust - intelligent sand
Very tiny computers.

 

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