The Shockwave Rider by John Brunner:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

Remarkable novel by Brunner; despite its age (it was published in 1975), this is a story that should be read by everyone interested in computer technology and information management. This story demonstrates the danger of a fully indexed society; there will always be some people who have greater access to information than you do, and can therefore take everything you have. It was also the source of the term computer tapeworm; the use of computer worms figures repeatedly in the story. Highly recommended. Select an invention:

Autoporter - personal baggage handler

Coley Group

Computer Worm (Tapeworm) - first use of the concept

Data-Net

Data-Retrieval Mode - data recovery for brains

Delphi Pool

Electronic Voting

Government Data Transparency

Hearing Aid - someone to listen

Inflatable Church

Modded Dog

National Network Surveillance

Net Shutdown Worm - computer tapeworm project

Paid Avoidance Zone - primitive on purpose

Personal Smelter - make your own ingot

Retaliatory Tapeworm (Counter-Worm) - take that!

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