The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

The novel takes place in a future Shanghai. Many different stories are woven together in this novel; the plot centers around a stolen supercomputer in the form of a small book, or Primer, created for a patron's daugher. Select an invention:

Aerostat Monitor - a small flying platform

Ballisticules - nanomachines throw their weight around

Chevaline - robotic horse

Clave - a suburban enclave

Cookie-Cutters - bomblets in your bloodstream

Dog Pod Grid - aerostat defensive maneuver

Fabricules - squeaky clean nanomachine

Filter Wheel - stepwise refinement

Freedom Machine - nanotech birth control

Immunocules - nanotechnology imitates life

Implanted Credit Card - wherever you want it to be

Jodie Grid

Lidar - radar with visible light

Lithocule - building block

Matter Compiler - stereolithography on steroids

Mediaglyphic - animated symbols

Mediatron - paper-thin LCD display

Mediatronic Display

Mite - very small machine helpers

Pedomotive - power stilts

Phantoscope (phenomenoscope) - see it all

Phased Acoustical Array - hear it all

Primer

Runcible - every page an LCD screen

Sights - skull gun crosshairs

'Sites - nanobots are your friends

Skullgun - cock cranium and fire

Sky-Eye

Smart Paper - thin-film transistor display

Smartcoral Reef - water purifying reef

Toner - dead nanobot bits

 

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