The Age of The Pussyfoot by Frederik Pohl:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

This is an amazing and prescient novel, set in 2527 A.D. Charles Forrester died in a fire in our time; he was frozen and brought back to life when technology (and his accumulated assets) permitted. Every aspect of life is mediated by Joymakers, remarkable PDAs that really are indispensable personal digital assistants. Great read. (Note that this novel appeared in a shortened version in Galaxy magazine in 1965 and 1966; the quotes are taken from the book version, which appeared in 1969.) Select an invention:

Big Screen Control - right from your personal device

Caller Contact List - very early use

Cellphone Credit Card - mobile phone wallet

Cellphone Tranquilizing Spray

Cellphone Voice Mail - very early use of concept

Corpsicle - thaw and fix

Death-Reversal Equipment

Garbage Device

Interests Profile - an intelligent agent

Joymaker - the ultimate PDA

Networked Personal Device - the backend is more important

Online Employability Profile Testing - get the right job first

Online Job Search - via cellphone

Reciprocal Name - cellphone nickname

Virtual Keyboard

Virtual Kiss (Tactile Net) - affection by wire

Virtual Reality Construct - VR without headgear

Virtual Reality Video Game - very early description

Voice Dialing

Voice-Enabled Smartphone - I talk, it listens

 

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